Chair Rail

By Todd Fratzel on Finish Carpentry, Interior Decorating

One of the things we want to do in the nursery is to install a chair rail. By installing the chair rail we can paint the room with two colors, one color above and one below the chair rail. I’ve been searching for good chair rail examples and this one caught my eye. The only problem I see are the over all dimensions. This chair rail is probably a little large proportionally for the room.

I’m thinking about trying to find a smaller bed molding and making the 3/4″ x 3-1/2″ rail smaller. If I can get the top rail down to 1-1/2″ wide and the rail to about 2-1/4″ tall I think it will look nice in the room.

Historically older homes had chair rails installed to protect the wall from the backs of chairs. Most chair rails are set to a height of between 32″ and 36″. Some people also suggest the chair rail should be installed at 1/3 of the wall height when you have higher ceilings (i.e. 10′ ceilings).

Once we make a choice I’ll pick up the materials and post about the chair rail construction and installation.

Filed in: home improvement, home improvement blog, chair rail, chair rail molding

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Todd Fratzel

I’m full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I’m also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I’m also the author of Tool Box Buzz and Today’s Green Construction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you’d like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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