cove or quarter round for toe kick

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Forum topic by Pabs posted 06-15-2017 05:37 PM 1553 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2017 05:37 PM

Hey all
nearing the end of my kitchen reno project and I’m dealing with the toe kicks. there’s some ugly gaps in some spots on the old toe kicks and I figured I could simply hide them with a small molding. thinking either a small cove or a quarter round.
which would be better for dusting? the way it is now (straight toe kick) it’s always a pain as dust/crumbs/etc always get jammed up in the junction between the toe kick and the floor. adding that little molding would help but I’m wondering which would be more efficient when it came to dusting.
I’m thinking the cove would be best here but maybe I’m missing something obvious :)


-- Pabs

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#1 posted 06-15-2017 05:42 PM

Really doesn’t matter that much, but I normally just put in 1/4 round.

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#2 posted 06-15-2017 06:22 PM

1/4 rnd is traditional and the shadowing looks better visually.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 06-15-2017 06:25 PM

Base shoe. Similar to quarter round, but taller than it is wide. Base shoe will be something like 3/4 tall by 1/2 wide, where quarter round is the same dimension in both directions.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#4 posted 06-15-2017 06:32 PM

Agree with JayT. Base shoe. I the height is what you’re looking for, probably, and the extra depth of 1/4 round is annoying to people with larger feet, when they kick into it. Don’t use cove. It’ll look funny.

-- Pete

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#5 posted 06-15-2017 08:21 PM

Another vote for base shoe. 1/4 round always looks dated and kinda cheap to me. That’s my personal opinion, of course, but I’ve done a lot of kitchen remodeling, and always replaced with base shoe molding.

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#6 posted 06-16-2017 02:35 AM

I don’t like either one. I made a flat molding, looks better.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 06-16-2017 02:38 AM

Rick, you’re just different, that’s all! ;-)

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#8 posted 06-16-2017 06:05 PM

base shoe wins it …thanks guys

-- Pabs

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