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I was wondering what this part of stair trim that the arrow points to is referred to as. It is like a faceplate on the side of stairs, inverse of a baseboard.

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If it's structural (the tread/risers are supported by it), it's called a stringer.

If it's not structural, it's called skirting (or simply a skirt).

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not structural, simply decorative –  amphibient Nov 4 '13 at 17:14

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