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scott1295: Skirting boards? How neccessary?

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Found 17th Aug 2010
Going to start decorating? and wondering how neccessary skirting boards are? Asking as i need the extra width in my room to fit my bed long ways.

Thanks for any help.

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As in painting them or removing them?

would look wierd without them lol

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as in removing part of them - only talking taking of a metre maybe a metre and a half to fit the bed in - wouldn't be removing all of them.

Wouldn't imagine it would matter if your bed is hiding the part you take away. Don't think they're actually necessary and more to hide the join from floor and wall - just to finish the look. If you're bed is in front then who would know it wasn't there apart from you? Just remember when you decide to move the bed in future that you won't have the skirting there LOL

You'll probably end up taking half the plaster off with them depending on how they are fixed.

They're not essential, just aesthetically inproved from having gaps between plaster and floor. I've removed skirting to fit book cases flush with the wall, so it'll be fine. If you're not going to see it, and you need the space then do it!

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Penny Saver

They're not essential, just aesthetically inproved from having gaps … They're not essential, just aesthetically inproved from having gaps between plaster and floor. I've removed skirting to fit book cases flush with the wall, so it'll be fine. If you're not going to see it, and you need the space then do it!



Yeah this is the point i was looking at it from - my bed is going to hide it all because i am going to put new skirtings in around the rest of the room.

In my experience from a flat I once had in London they are there to give the mice something to nibble on.

you may find when you remove them that you can see gaps between the floor boards and where the plaster on the wall ends so you'll get creepy crawlies coming out from them and quite a draft in the winter as we found out when we had our house replastered last year we had to take of all the skirting & the gaps were huge (upto 1-2 inches deep in places). plus in old houses they used massive nails to attach skirting & it will badly damage the plasster on your walls when you remove them if you arent very careful.

Remember to keep a piece ( under the bed ) the same size as the gap so that when you move out you can leave it looking good.
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