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07-12-2018 03:09 PM

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So I’m trying to finalize the design for a built in bookcase, specifically regarding what to do with baseboards. I plan on building a base for the unit from 2x material for the bookcase to sit on but my baseboards are approximately 8.5” tall. Should I remove the baseboards and use 2×4 for the base or should I build the base as tall as the baseboards?

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#1 posted 07-12-2018 04:00 PM

A sketch would help us understand the proportions. 8” baseboards sounds a little too tall.

With built-ins like bookcases or wainscoting, I try to build the baseboards separately so I can account for uneven floors etc. I usually make baseboards 4-6” high.

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#2 posted 07-12-2018 04:39 PM

This is the wall where the units will be installed. 35.5” on the left, 38.5” on the right. There will be a connecting shelf over the window and a smaller shelf beneath the window which I might make into a window seat.

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#3 posted 07-12-2018 04:41 PM

The baseboards are actually 7.5” tall

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#4 posted 07-12-2018 05:05 PM

My house has 12” baseboards, done to cover where old baseboard water heater boarded each room, and I have done both cutting out the baseboard and cutting the cabinet around the baseboard. Cutting the baseboard to accept the cabinet or built-in looks considerably better in my opinion. A 8” tall base will look a little off I think, but you could design around it with a drawer. Cutting the baseboard would be less work.

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#5 posted 07-12-2018 05:19 PM

Oh, I see, you’re matching existing baseboard height. I think that’s fine.

1+ on the window bench idea! That would be great, especially with a custom cushion.

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#6 posted 07-13-2018 01:24 AM

I’d probably out to match the baseboard height on my built-in if there is exposed baseboard on the adjoining walls. If your unit is covering the entire length gth of the wall AND there isn’t a lot of exposed baseboard on the adjoining walls I think you could aesthetically get away with doing shorter.

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#7 posted 07-13-2018 02:30 AM

If your new units will be from wall to wall,
I would cut back the existing base and butt it into the face of the new cabinets.
Then I would run a smaller base across the front of the new cabinets and have it butt into the existing base.
Like so:

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#8 posted 07-13-2018 03:47 AM



If your new units will be from wall to wall,
I would cut back the existing base and butt it into the face of the new cabinets.
Then I would run a smaller base across the front of the new cabinets and have it butt into the existing base.
Like so:

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My Grandfather taught me that trick, a long time ago. Called it seaming. As best I remember anyway.

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