How to Install Quarter Round Molding Without Nails

A quarter-round molding for flooring is a convex molding with a cross-section in the form of a quarter circle. It is usually painted or stained to fit in the right angle formed where the floor meets the baseboard.

It is basically used as a decorative feature to hide any gaps between the two.

The installation process is relatively a very easy DIY task and is pocket-friendly. A quarter molding however is sometimes confused with shoe molding because they look the same but are not actually the same thing.

A quarter-round Molding

 What’s the Difference Between a Shoe Mold and a Quarter round?

Both shoe molding and a quarter round have the same 90-degree angle on their backside, however the shoe has one side that is longer than the other and when installed it appears as if to be hugging the baseboard.

Both the shoe and the quarter mold come in long and flexible lengths of wood like hemlock, pine, oak, or MDF. This design of being made in long lengths is to allow installation within a long wall without having too many joints.

Scarf joints can be used to join smaller pieces but to ensure you have a clean finish, professional carpenters always try as much as possible to avoid it.

They are both made flexible to make sure they conform to the profile of the floor. You should not be worried if purchasing the piece is not straight because it can bend to any desired shape.

How to Install a Quarter Round Molding

Remember, our end goal is to have this installed and obtain a perfect finish without using a single nail.

Step 01: Prepare the Surface for Installation

The first step is to clean the floor and make sure it is dirt and debris-free. Sand along the floor and the baseboard area you are going to install your quarter round to make sure the adhesive you’re doing to use will not detach after a few days.

When there’s varnish, or especially on laminate flooring, the glossy top layer makes it a little bit difficult for the glue to adhere properly.

Step 02: Measure the Pieces

To get the measurements right, there are two methods that you can use. First, get the length of the wall, then transfer it to the quarter round.

The second method, which is the easier way, place the quarter round strip against the wall you are installing it on and mark it with a pencil.

To make sure you don’t confuse the direction of the angle make a light mark and use it to make a 45-degree cut.

Step 03: Cut

To cut a quarter round you can also do it in two ways. Freehand or using a tool called the miter box. If possible don’t use freehand, because it is difficult to attain a 45degree angle that will match on the corners.

 A miter box is a plastic or metal box used in conjunction with handsaws or power miter saws to make precise angular cuts. Clamp the miter box to hold it steady then place the quarter strip standing on the marked end. Make the first cut.

Do this to the other pieces and begin to install.

Step 04: Installation

Apply liquid wood glue or any other adhesive on the sanded area, and the sides of the quarter round. Let it sit for a minute or two, then press it against the baseboard and the floor.

Hold it in place for a few to allow the two materials to form a bond. When satisfied with the bond, release and wipe off any excess adhesives seeping from the quarter strip with a damp sponge.

How to install a quarter round molding without nails

Step 05: Install the Rest of the Pieces

Continue this measure-cut-install process for the rest of the floor. When done, give it time to dry and if need be, you can varnish the edges as well.

Quarter Rounds can be installed along with laminate floors, Vinyl floors, and other wide range of floors, where desirable.

Things you will need:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Handsaw
  • Miter box
  • Quarter round matching the profile of your floor
  • Varnish
  • Wood glue
  • Wood putty
  • Painters tape

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