Our Word(s) Of The Week : Plinth and Casings

This week’s word of the week is actually going to be two words: Casing and Plinth. This is because we have a video to present that features both words. Before we get to that…

Casing: The casing is the trim around a door, a window, or an opening. The casing facilitates the transition from wall to door (or window, or opening). Casings can be found in many different styles and sizes.

Plinth: A plinth is the base or platform upon which a column, structure, or (in this case) a door casing rests. According to Gottfried Semper (famed, 19th Century, German architect), the plinth exists to negotiate between a structure and the ground. In the video you’ll see how this plinth sticks out from the baseboard where it meets the casing. This gives it the appearance of being a structural element – it appears that it’s holding something up.