A History of Skirting Boards

Victorian Era Skirting Boards

The Victorian era is where the skirting boards became a part of building design. In line with the high ceiling style of the buildings at that time, the skirting boards were mainly created for some decorative reasons. These skirting boards had intricate and beautifully carved moldings that were meant to show off the beauty of these high walls. In this era, the beauty of the skirting boards was important especially in ballrooms where they were major focal points for the room. They were different in structure in that they were extraordinarily tall due to the high ceilings of the walls.

Modern Day Skirting Boards

Modern skirting boards are much more different that the Victorian ones. First, they are much shorter than in height and are not the main focal point in the room. While there are many decorative options for skirting boards, they are not of the same magnificence as those created in the past. There are also many more options for skirting boards compared with the past where majority were decorated using plaster materials. Today, inventions such as PVC and MDF have made the options for decoration endless. The modern day skirting boards have also had to adapt to other functions such as concealing electrical wires and have become even more diversified in their use.


It is evident that skirting boards have been in existence for a long time. Even with the changes in the structure and materials, the basic concept of the skirting board remains the same. It inventively allows the builder to conceal any differences between the wall and floor edges as well as being a decorative element. The future of skirting boards is set in building design and is unlikely to change even as new and innovative building design concepts develop.