Add Elegance In Your House With Chair Rail
Adding the chair rail is one of way to enhance the style and elegance of any room. Visually, these decorative elements add harmony to your room’s décor. The chair rail is often used in conjunction with another once functional but now largely decorative detail known as wainscoting. Installing chair rails is not the most difficult do-it-yourself for homeowners, but it does require some familiarity with basic woodworking tools and an understanding of the angled cuts and splices associated with molding installation. They often consist of several different types of molding combined to create a decorative railing. Because some walls can be very long and straight, it may be necessary to splice several pieces of molding together to cover the entire length. There are instructional materials and videos which can guide a homeowner through the process of installing chair rails.
The first step generally involves measuring the entire linear length of the walls which will receive the molding. Experts suggest purchasing at least 10% more material than required in order to account for mistakes and waste. The molding can either be miter cut to join together in corners, or corner blocks can be installed to allow for straight butt joints. Some homeowners may also want to install this chair rail when using wallpaper and wainscoting together. The rails can help to form a transition from wood or plaster to wallpaper. Wallpaper can be easily damaged by dining room chairs, so they can also serve a utilitarian purpose.