Skirting boards, or baseboards, run around the lowest part of an interior wall, usually to cover the join between the floor surface and the wall. This gap can sometimes be unsightly because of construction methods, or be a trap for dirt and critters, so there are practical reasons for skirting boards in many homes. Even in homes where this is not needed, these boards can protect the wall from the wear and tear caused by furniture or shoes and such, or can be an ideal hiding spot to ‘tunnel’ necessary cables and electrical wiring for the home, taking it out of sight and keeping it organized, while still making it more accessible than hidden in the walls themselves. These basic skirting boards are usually made out of simple timber planking, often painted or just varnished to suit the home. But in some cases baseboards can be purely decorative, and may feature intricate carpentry or detailed mouldings.

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