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If you live in a 1920/30s house - what are your skirting boards like? <boring thread alert>

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LindaBoughtAPeaShooter Mon 15-May-17 23:00:14

And if you could go so far as to post a picture I would be very grateful.

Previous owners of our house weren't fans and had ripped out all original and replaced them with planks (stained dark brown) - coupled with lovely contrasting edging of retro-fitted laminate. We're starting again with the skirting and flooring but I'm not sure whether to just go very plain and simple or a bit fancier (more 'period'). We have reasonably high ceilings and picture rails if that's relevant (although they are not all the same from room to room).

SnickersWasAHorse Mon 15-May-17 23:22:48

Well I've just looked around my house (standard 30s semi) and the original ones seem to been very small. I'll look for some not think thick with dust to photograph.

johnd2 Tue 16-May-17 00:10:11

Our 1920s semi originally had floorboards painted white as skirting. Not kidding, basically 6 by 3/4 inch square edge boards.

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Tue 16-May-17 00:18:58

Ours had quite tall skirting boards, at least 6", with a twiddly bit on the top. The top curved towards the wall, with a rounded groove and another bit curving towards the wall on top of it.

PigletJohn Tue 16-May-17 00:58:02

not any more, but 8" Ogee, I think. I previously had an older and grander house where the mouldings were larger, possibly 10" in the secondary rooms and 12" in the main rooms, though I may be mis-remembering.

This is a modern imitation, but smaller. Large sizes are more likely to crack.
www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Dual-Purpose-Pine-Torus-Ogee-Skirting-15-x-119-x-2400mm-Pack-4/p/162777

PigletJohn Tue 16-May-17 01:03:20

better ones here.
www.dressermouldings.com/products/mouldings/timber-skirtings.html
I like the 127 shape best.

Bloomed Tue 16-May-17 01:05:44

Mine are like Goodygoody's description.

MiaowTheCat Tue 16-May-17 09:18:09

Downstairs like the ones linked (but not sure how original they are - most of the original features downstairs have long since gone). Upstairs just plain, quite tall and with the corner at the top rounded if that makes sense - I ain't photographing them cos they're a right bloody state at the moment!

House was built in 1925 I believe and lots of the upstairs does still have original touches like off-centre ceiling lights and original doors (under stick on panels and about 9 inches of gloss paint)

AlbusPercival Tue 16-May-17 09:19:14

Mine are also like small planks

Kokusai Tue 16-May-17 09:20:07

@MiaowTheCat why is off centre light fittings an original feature. I mean, why was it done like that?

olderthanyouthink Tue 16-May-17 09:24:08

Our old (cheap, little-ish, built for factory workers) 1930's house had skirting boards like this but they are gone now

olderthanyouthink Tue 16-May-17 09:27:01

Off centre ceiling lights were there apparently because they would be over where a dressing table would go and to provide more privacy at night (less silhouettes on the curtains))

RosieTheQueenOfCorona Tue 16-May-17 09:29:58

I don't know how to post a picture but I think ours are original, they are very tall and very twiddly on top

NotMeNoNo Tue 16-May-17 10:58:20

For some reason this was the last message I read last night and I kept waking up thinking "lambstail" or "lamb's ear". It was the Lamb's Tongue profile I was trying to remember! Ovolo as per the picture lower down is similar and also quite a simple profile. I think this was mentioned on another thread.

We were looking at a 1930s house at the weekend and it had Ovolo architrave and skirtings.

Kokusai Tue 16-May-17 11:22:38

@olderthanyouthink thanks, I didn't know that!

PigletJohn Tue 16-May-17 12:28:11

found this website showing sections

skirtingboardsdirect.com/products/mdf-lambs-tongue-skirting-boards-18mm-thick/ lambs tongue

skirtingboardsdirect.com/products/pine-ovolo-skirting-boards/ ovolo

skirtingboardsdirect.com/products/category/mdf-skirting-boards/mdf-ogee-skirting-boards/ ogee

some big ones but I think their own product names

LindaBoughtAPeaShooter Tue 16-May-17 17:51:26

Thanks all. I did post earlier but my phone ate it. Seems like there doesn't see to be a definitive shape so I'll just pick one. My builder wants to use a very simple one with an curved top and no other features. It's innoffensive but boring! I quite like the ogee.

Iggity Tue 16-May-17 17:55:40

Ours are very boring (London 1930s terrace). I don't think they are the originals but can't imagine they were any better.

BeachysSandyFlipflops Tue 16-May-17 18:00:16

Very plain all over downstairs and same upstairs. 1929 house....

WowOoo Tue 16-May-17 18:00:28

We have 10" ones similar to some PigletJohn has linked to with a simple, rounded bit at the top. I don't like the ones with sharp edges poking out - I'd be afraid I'd injure myself on them and don't think they look very nice. Sounds like your builder likes the ones that I have...

I'm going to replace some that have been botched by electricians next year so thanks for the links, PigletJohn.

dudsville Tue 16-May-17 18:06:26

Mine are tiny, like iggity and beachy's. Also painted white. House is 1938 with all profoundly doors and skirting.

johnd2 Wed 17-May-17 00:09:11

Didn't spot how easy it is to put a photo, here's our originals together with a door frame as original.

LindaBoughtAPeaShooter Wed 17-May-17 06:36:54

Hmm, they all are very simple. Maybe I should go with the ones my builder suggested.
Thanks so much everyone for taking the time to post photos and Iggity I love those tiles!

Joinourclub Wed 17-May-17 06:43:40

iggity fab tiles, are they in your front porch? I'm looking to redo mine as they are horrible 70s/80s tiles in there at the moment.

Palomb Wed 17-May-17 08:46:49

Mine are 8" with a curved top.

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