How To Install Bathroom Trim


When you remodel any space, you always reach the point of making final touches. It’s a satisfying stage of any remodel, for sure. Among the list of final touches is replacing or adding new trim. If you’re remodeling a bathroom, you may wonder how to install bathroom trim the right way. Also, what kind of trim is best to use in the bathroom? You don’t want to use any old material. After all, the bathroom is a wet place that needs to withstand consistent moisture and water. In today’s post, we’re going to fill you in on everything you need to know on how to install bathroom trim. So, keep on reading to learn more, and get cracking on those finishing touches!

What Kind Of Trim Is Best For The Bathroom? 

When it comes to trim style, that’s ultimately up to you. There are a wide variety of styles from which to choose. You’ve got smooth and flat baseboards or sculpted and intricate. The list continues, and options vary. There are an equal amount of materials to choose from, but there are some materials you want to steer clear of when working on a bathroom. Why? Well, the biggest reason is moisture. Water and moisture are the longtime enemies of wood. While you can definitely install wood trim in your bathroom, you need to be wary of what type. For example, pine is susceptible to expanding, swelling, and contracting due to its softness. Poplar is one of the best woods because of its moisture tolerance and hardwood quality. 

If you’re looking for something that will last for years to come and look great, consider PVC or a composite like this. They both resist moisture, and you can cut them the same way you do wood. 

How To Install Bathroom Trim The Right Way

There are various methods of installing new baseboards and trim—whether it’s baseboard or quarter round. One of the most common methods of installation is construction adhesive. Many people find construction adhesive to be the easiest method. The drawback to construction adhesive is that it will be much more difficult if you need to remove the baseboard. You will also likely damage the surface of the wall if you use glue. If you decide to use a construction adhesive, be sure to build a brace that can hold the trim in place while it dries. 

The best way to install trim is with an air nailer or hammer. Cut the baseboard to fit, air nail or hammer the nail just below the trim’s surface and fill the holes with putty or wood filler. When you’re affixing the trim, make sure your nails are going into studs for the best attachment. Use a miter saw to cut the inside or outside corners you need, and have a tube of paintable latex caulk nearby. Once you have everything installed, fill any small gaps with caulk, paint to match, and pat yourself on the back. 

Need Help With Your Bathroom?

So, you know how to install bathroom trim. Remodeling a bathroom is so much more than that. Maybe you need a new toilet installed, a vanity, or shower fixtures—we’re here to help. At Autry Plumbing, we are plumbing experts based in Chapel Hill, NC. If you’re looking for help with any plumbing needs, give us a call!