I'm curious. I've seen this done both ways, but when I built my first
house, I put the baseboards and trim in first, and then the carpet
installers came in afterwards. However, I've also seen it done where
the carpet was put in first and then the baseboards and trim.
Personally, I think it looks better with the baseboards and trim in
first, especially upon the second time carpet is installed (because
the installers don't pull the trim and get in close when they pull old
carpet and put in new).
So I'm just wondering what the standard is? What the preferable way
to do it is.
Do you put in carpet first or do you put in the trim and baseboards
PS. By Trim, I mean, the plinth.
Trim first, spaced 1/2" off the floor, and space the tack strips 1/2" out
from there. This gives the carpet installer a place to "tuck" the edges of
the carpet for a nice clean edge.
Also, you'll probably end up replacing the carpet at some point too, and
the trim will already be in place. Might as well build it that way from the
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