Shoe Molding vs. Quarter Round
There are two types of moldings that you can install on your floors up against your baseboards once your hardwood floors are laid. They are a little bit different from each other so we’re going to discuss these differences in this article so that you can make the best choice for your needs.
The first type is what is called quarter round. Quarter round molding is exactly what it sounds like. It’s molding that is cut to be one quarter of a circle. Most of the quarter round that is locally sold is ¾” x ¾” with a ¾” radius profile exposed so the molding once applied will come out from the face of the baseboard a full ¾” as well as go up the baseboard the same amount.
The second type is shoe molding which has a slightly narrower profile and is not based on a true radius. Shoe molding is normally 7/16” wide or deep and has a height of 11/16”. This molding is a sleeker look and in our opinion is a more attractive choice because it doesn’t give the appearance of having a heavy molding at the bottom of the baseboard. The other advantage to shoe molding is that it will conform to the slight variations in the floor much easier than a thicker more rigid quarter round.
In considering which molding you should apply we always default to the shoe molding unless you need to cover larger gaps between your wood floors and the baseboards. If you install your floors to either be under your baseboards or within 5/16” of them you’re safe to go with the sleeker looking shoe mold.