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Does your understairs cupboard have skirting boards?

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Hurraahhnaptime Thu 07-Dec-17 18:09:20

I am planning to get my understairs cupboard plastered and painted as it's a right mess now. But do I need skirting boards. What's the norm?

Cacofonix Thu 07-Dec-17 18:09:56


LightastheBreeze Thu 07-Dec-17 18:44:57

Mine has got them, 1930s house but it would look fine if it hadn’t

whyismykid Thu 07-Dec-17 19:18:22

Our understairs cupboard has skirting boards - but wouldn't matter if it didn't! Are you putting shelving in that would get in the way?

AppleAndBlackberry Thu 07-Dec-17 19:26:59

Yes (1980s house)

RatOnnaStick Thu 07-Dec-17 19:28:50

Ours does but only because it wasn't always enclosed. I wouldn't put them in if they weren't already there.

MiaowTheCat Thu 07-Dec-17 19:29:30

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TeenTimesTwo Thu 07-Dec-17 19:30:23

Yes (1996 house) (had to go to check)

IlPorcupinoNilSodomyEst Thu 07-Dec-17 19:39:23

Yes, Victorian house. Completely pointless!

BumWad Thu 07-Dec-17 19:40:37

Yes Edwardian house

Flamingale Thu 07-Dec-17 19:58:06

1930s house. No skirting boards in the understairs cupboard. Had it updated and shelves put in at end of last year. Handyman asked about skirting. I said no.

MsHomeSlice Thu 07-Dec-17 20:02:59

yes, victorian house, with two cupboards under the stairs!

one has the silly triangular-ish door, opening into the hall....a la Harry Potter, that's the coat cupboard (underneath the space from bottom stair to about 2/3 of the way up

the other one is almost full height (under top few stairs) and opens into the dining room and is full of shelves and ds2's computer. If he ever leaves home it will be an officey type space glorified cupboard

Hurraahhnaptime Thu 07-Dec-17 20:08:07

I'm putting mainly hooks for coats and shoe racks in it. I wasn't sure if you can plastered straight to the floor.

Hurraahhnaptime Thu 07-Dec-17 20:09:29


skankingpiglet Thu 07-Dec-17 20:16:14

Mine has (50's house).

If you are going to the hassle of getting the cupboard plastered then if it was me I'd do the small extra of running a bit of skirting too. It'll look tidier and protect the bottom of the wall when things like a hoover are rammed in there.

Hurraahhnaptime Thu 07-Dec-17 20:52:36

I think I'll get them as the whole cupboard is being plastered so might as well. Next question. The floor us concrete and the adjoining room is tiles. What flooring would work? What is your flooring?

Rollercoaster1920 Thu 07-Dec-17 20:54:39

Lino off cut.

Flamingale Thu 07-Dec-17 21:18:11

Like Rollercoaster1920 put down some lino, but it was off the roll at local carpet shop. Didn't cost much as it was only for a small space. Maybe about £25 or £30.

skankingpiglet Thu 07-Dec-17 21:39:42

We have a lino off cut, but I've seen and fitted all sorts in understairs cupboards including 12" wide solid oak floor boards (most definitely not the norm, but the customer had them 'going spare'... confused).
What's your budget?

Alwayscheerful Fri 08-Dec-17 00:42:07

I would definitely use skirting Mice can fit through a hole the diameter of a pencil, important to use skirting and decorators caulk to seal all the gaps from dust, insects and rodents.

Hurraahhnaptime Fri 08-Dec-17 13:36:28

My budget is definitely not solid oak flooring. The cheapest I can get that also looks nice and is practical. When we do work I am trying to make sure it's of good quality in the hope it won't need replacing in a few years. Not sure I'm that into lino. The dining room is Victorian tiles.

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