Learning the Language: Custom Millwork Terms to Know

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Now you can keep up with your custom millwork contractor when he’s telling you about the plans for your space!

If you learn the language of custom millwork, you will be able to communicate much more effectively exactly what you’re looking for in your millwork projects. That doesn’t mean you have to turn into an expert, but just knowing some of the basic terminology can go a long way. Let’s take a look at some of the most important millwork terms to know.

Custom Millwork Terms to Know: Crown Molding

You’ll hear this term all the time, so it’s really helpful to know exactly what it means! Crown molding is a type of millwork that is applied along the seams of where a ceiling meets a wall. It generally won’t be placed flush against the ceiling or the wall. There is a large family of moldings within crown moldings, and the designs are used to flare out to a finished top edge. In most projects for cabinets, pilasters, and capping walls, crown molding will be used. Crown molding can have a simple profile, or it can be very elaborate. There are a lot of options, so much sure to talk to your local millwork service to find the right crown molding for your project.

Custom Millwork Terms to Know: Base Moldings

Base moldings are used in rooms to hide the joint between the flooring and the wall. Typically, the joint that is hidden allows for the expansion and contraction of the floor. Base moldings will also provide a foundation for both cabinetry and rooms. It’s especially important to make sure that base moldings are proportional to the room. The larger the room or the higher the ceiling, you will want a larger base molding.

Custom Millwork Terms to Know: Wainscoting

Wainscoting is a type of wood paneling that has been used for centuries. It is popular because of its accents, decorative designs, insulation, and ability to prevent water damage on walls. In the 1700s, wainscoting became more popular as people began to cover only the lower part of walls with panels. Some of the most common wainscoting panels are raised-panel, flat-panel, and beadboard wainscoting.

Custom Millwork Terms to Know: Chair Rail Moldings

The original purpose of chair rail moldings was to protect walls from being damaged by the backs of chairs. Today, chair moldings have grown in popularity because of the beauty it adds to a home. Chair rail molding can be installed in a number of variations. It is frequently used on top of wainscoting to cap the lower trim elements, and designers also use it to add visually exciting elements to a wall.


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