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Skirting is basically a board that runs along the border between the interior wall and the floor. It covers the improper edges, avoids scratches from furniture and gives a room a good finish.

As a result of new modern ideas in the field of interior designing, different types of skirting boards and designs are available. Some of them are wooden skirting, metal skirting, pencil skirting etc.

The purpose and the types of skirting boards used in construction are explained briefly in this article.

Purpose of Skirting

Skirting in some projects is an aspect of beautification and for some, it’s a method to hide the unwanted features in the interior walls. These skirting boards were known as mop boards as they protect the wall from water when the floor was mopped.  Different purposes for which skirting are installed are mentioned below:

  1. Hide exposed electrical wiring: Skirting can be used to cover up the exposed electrical wires and connection that cannot be removed. Hiding these wiring under the skirting board is found more economical and practical compared to hiding under the ceiling board.
  2. Cover the gap between the walls and floors: Some construction flops may result in unwanted gaps between the wall and the floor. Redoing such works is time-consuming and costly. One alternative is to install skirting so that the poor work is covered and cleared economically.
  3. Avoids marks from furniture: The skirting board installed has a projection that always keeps a gap between the nearby furniture and the interior wall. This way rubbing and scratching from the furniture are avoided letting the wall free of scratches.
  4. Improve Interior: A matched and good colored skirting gives the room a finished and cleaner look. Skirting throws a professional touch to the room it is installed.

Types of Skirting

The skirting board can be of different types based on the design and the material used. They are:

  1. Pencil Skirting
  2. Wooden Skirting
  3. Metal Skirting
  4. Continued Skirting
  5. Flush Skirting
  6. Double Layered Skirting

1. Pencil Skirting

Pencil skirting is an accurate design choice for a space to bring a clear finished look. This can be installed in walls with patterned or plain walls.

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Fig.1.Pencil Skirting; Image Courtesy: Loveskirtings

2. Wooden Skirting

Wooden skirting imparts richness and a sophisticated look to the home. It is the best choice for marble and tiled floors. Use of wooden skirting for light floors, walls, and ceilings work best. Wooden skirting is used for ornamental and traditional looking decors.

Wooden Skirting
Fig.2.Wooden Skirting

Wooden skirting is available in the market in different finishes and dimension. This has various design and color to choose from.

3. Metal Skirting

Stainless steel is the material used for metal skirting. SS skirting gives a rich and modern look to the home space. This skirting type adds lightness to the interior. One of the disadvantages of SS skirting is that they are prone to scratching.

Metal
Fig.3.Metal Skirting

4. Continued Skirting

This is a type of skirting which is provided as a continuation of any element in the interior space. As shown below, the dark brown skirting is continued as a part of the similar colored staircase. This design takes the whole look to a new level.

Continued Skirting
Fig.4. Continued Skirting; Image Courtesy: houzz.in /Vinita Sid Interiors

5. Flush Skirting

In this, the skirting and the plastering are on the same level as they both flush with each other. This skirting technique gives a seamless look to the interior space. As the wall and the skirting are on the same level, they do not catch dust quickly as in the case of other skirtings, where they stay projected out of the walls.

Flush
Fig.5.Flush Skirting; Image Courtesy: houzz.in

6. Double Layered Skirting

As shown in the figure below, two-toned skirting is involved in a double-layered skirting type. Double layered skirting helps to give a detailed design to the room.

Double Layered Skirting
Fig.6.Double Layered Skirting; Image Courtesy: houzz.in

Read More: Basic Elements and Principles of Interior Design of Buildings

About Neenu ArjunVerified

Neenu is a Civil and Structural Engineer and has experience in Design of Concrete and Steel Structures. She is an Author, Editor and Partner at theconstructor.org.