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How to Install Quarter Round Molding: A Step-by-Step Guide

calander Mar 28 , 2023 user-icon Nash Painting

With the right guidance, tips, and techniques, learning how to install quarter round molding doesn't need to be overwhelming. In this blog post, we will guide you through all the necessary steps, from selecting the right type of molding piece set to cutting and nailing trim pieces around inside corners using a miter box. Let's get started!

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction to Quarter Round Molding Installation
    • First you'll need some essential tools:

  • Tools Required for Installing Quarter Round Molding
    • Essential Tools Needed:

  • Types of Quarter-Round Moldings Available

  • Preparation Steps Before Installing Quarter Round Molding

  • Measuring and Cutting Quarter Round Molding

  • Installing Quarter Round Molding

  • Conclusion

Introduction to Quarter Round Molding Installation

Installing quarter round molding is a great way to give your floors a professional, finished look. This type of molding fits into the right angle created by the floor and baseboard, creating an attractive trim around the room. It can be made from wood or PVC for a variety of looks and finishes. In this guide, we'll explain how to install quarter round molding for do-it-yourselfers looking for help with their project.

Tools Required for Installing Quarter Round Molding

To get the job done right, you’ll need the right tools. Here are some essential (and optional) tools needed for installing quarter-round molding.

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Essential Tools Needed:

An 18-gauge trim nail gun will help you attach the moldings securely to walls or other surfaces without damaging them. An electric miter saw with a fine-tooth blade is also necessary for precision cuts every time. You’ll also need a tape measure/pencil combo for marking off where each piece goes before cutting it out precisely using the aforementioned power tool(s).

Optional tools that may come in handy include a coping saw or jigsaw, which can be useful when creating those tricky angles required by most installations. Additionally, sandpaper and wood putty may be necessary if you plan on painting or staining your moldings.

Having the right tools for installing quarter round molding is essential to ensure a successful job. With that in mind, let's examine the various quarter-round moldings available and decide which one is optimal for your application.

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Types of Quarter-Round Moldings Available

When it comes to quarter-round moldings, there are two main types: quarter-round and shoe-molding. Quarter-round is a one-quarter circle with both flat faces being the same width. Shoe-molding has reduced protrusion which gives it a finished look and allows for more flooring room. The choice between these two types of moldings depends on the project you’re working on and your personal preference.

Quarter round is great for when you need to install inside corners or nail holes in trim pieces because it can be cut into smaller pieces with ease using a miter box or saw. If you're looking for something longer than what's available, consider cutting straight cuts or 45 degree angles from larger pieces of quarter round to make them fit better.

Shoe molding is perfect if you’re looking for small return pieces that don't require nailing, such as those found around laminate flooring edges where they meet walls. It also works well when installing a long piece that requires measuring since each piece usually measures out exactly like the last one so there's no guesswork involved.

No matter which type of quarter-round molding you choose, it is important to ensure that the material and design fit your project needs.

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Preparation Steps Before Installing Quarter Round Molding

Before you begin installing your quarter round molding, it's important to properly prepare the space. Start by lightly sanding on all surfaces where they'll attach. This will help ensure a smooth finish and make installation easier. Once the surface has been abraded, utilize a cloth saturated with adhesive to take away any sawdust that may have been left behind. After that, you can paint or stain the moldings if desired for a more finished look. When painting or staining hardwood base-shoe or quarter-rounds, be sure to apply multiple coats of polyurethane in order to protect them from moisture and wear and tear over time. With proper preparation complete, you're now ready to measure and cut your pieces before finally attaching them with glue or nails.

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Measuring and Cutting Quarter Round Molding

Measuring your space before cutting is essential for accurate quarter round molding installation. Start by measuring the length of each wall or floor where you plan to install the trim and record these measurements. Make sure to measure from corner to corner, not just along one side. Next, use a miter box and handsaw or electric miter saw to cut the pieces according to your measurements. For inside corners, make sure you cut 45-degree angles on both ends of each piece so that they fit together perfectly without gaps when installed. If using shoe molding instead of quarter round, mark an angle indicating where future cuts should go so that it's upright against the wall when installed.

Lastly, if using laminate flooring instead of traditional hardwood floors, consider using round dowels rather than straight cut pieces since they can easily slide underneath baseboards/molding while still providing support for weight bearing surfaces like countertops.

Measuring and cutting quarter round molding correctly is essential for a successful installation. Now, let's move on to installing the quarter round molding with precision and accuracy.

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Installing Quarter Round Molding

The first step is creating return pieces at the ends where necessary. This can be done with a manual miter box or ruler setup, and then the returns should be glued down until they're securely attached. Once this is complete, you can fill in any gaps with matching wood putty and touch up the paint or finish as needed for a seamless look. When gluing down the returns, it's important to use high-quality glue that will last for years without cracking or peeling. Additionally, make sure all surfaces are properly sanded and cleaned before applying glue so that everything adheres correctly. Finally, when cutting quarter round molding pieces always measure twice before making cuts - precision is key.

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Installing quarter round molding can be a simple, quick process when equipped with the right resources and techniques. With some basic measuring, cutting, and installation skills you will have your new quarter round molding up in no time. Just work carefully and take your time.

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