Renovator’s Toolbox explores the materials, techniques and trends you need to know.
It’s the little things that count — especially in a home, where the quality of moldings, doors and hardware can make a big difference.
Quarter round molding is often the default standard molding among contractors, but it looks cheap and dated. Be sure to specify an alternative, such as a flat molding. Most contractors will be more than happy to accommodate.
Quarter round molding is, literally, a quarter of a dowel. Imagine a dowel of about an inch in diameter sawn in half crosswise, twice. That’s quarter round molding.
It can be used in a lot of situations — for edging floors, window surrounds and decorative effects — to cover gaps because both the bottom and side are relatively broad.
But, luckily, for most applications there’s a better, less generic alternative — such as a flat molding or one with a decorative edge — that costs about the same.