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Quarter round, a term typically used in the flooring industry, is a convex molding that has a cross section in the form of a quarter circle. A variation is a base shoe, a quarter of an ellipse.
Typically used as a flooring joint between the flooring and the baseboard, quarter round is not a requirement for flooring, but in the United States, it is preferred due to its aesthetic appeal. It covers the uneven edge as flooring meets the baseboard.
Often a quarter round (and base shoe) is molded or shaped into the baseboard itself negating the need for any additional joins.
A British term for Quarter round is ovolo, derived from Latin for "small egg."
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