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High Skirting Boards | How Tall Should They Be?

Posted by Skirting World on 27th Jan 2020

High Skirting Boards

In this day and age, skirting boards are available in tons of different styles, sizes and materials. But you're here because you're specifically looking for high skirting boards.

How High Should Skirting Boards Be?

Honestly? As high as you want them to be!

Realistically? Well, we've found that most customers looking for tall skirting boards generally go for our 220mm option (9 inches).

Colonial MDF Skirting Board 220mm High (9 inches Tall)

Our Colonial Skirting Board - 220mm High (9 Inches)

However, we offer the following taller sizes as standard too:

  • 250mm
  • 270mm
  • 300mm
  • 350mm
  • 400mm

Now some of these sizes might seem excessive to a lot of customers, but they do get ordered! At the end of the day, it is mainly down to personal preference and what you think will work within your home.

145mm (6 Inches) And Below

If you want high skirting boards, you'll want to avoid this size and anything below.

In most homes in the UK, you'll see 120mm (5 inches) skirting boards as this is a standard height and used by many large building companies when constructing new homes.

Torus skirting boards shown in 145mm height (6 inches tall)

170mm (7 Inches) & 195mm (8 Inches)

These are the sizes where we consider the skirting boards starting to get quite high, but still not tall enough to take over the walls!

A 170mm or 195mm tall skirting is a comfortable 'in between' for those who don't want short skirting boards but also don't want them to look extremely tall.

220mm (9 Inches) And Above

Now we're talking! Any skirting board that's at least this tall is considered high.

Skirting boards that are this tall are generally there to be seen and make a statement. With this in mind, you'll likely want to use a more detailed skirting too.

Make Sure You Can Accommodate Tall Skirting Boards

Before jumping in and purchasing, make sure you're going to be able to fit them without any surprises.

If you're building a house from scratch, you might have already considered this and planned ahead. This might also be the case if your renovating an old home.

However, if you're just changing existing skirting boards but fancy something much higher, make sure they'll fit!

Be sure to check for obstructions like plug sockets and radiator pipes. Although these can be moved, it'll make it a much more time consuming and costly job!

High Skirting Is Best Suited To Period Homes

Period (older) style homes ten to have much taller ceilings than modern homes. For this reason, a high skirting board will look much better in a Period house.

Using a really tall skirting board in a modern home is much less common as it can make the rooms feel smaller.

The ceilings are already much lower than older style homes so a high skirting board will reduce the distance between the wall and ceiling making it look smaller than it actually is.