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Installing Chair Rail Instructions

  • Installing Chair Rail

    The traditional purpose of a chair rail is to protect walls in your home from chairs as people move them out from the table. Today, many people install chair railing to add a dramatic accent to any room. The accent can be the separation point between different colors of paint or wallpaper and paint.

  • Overview

    This project has the following simple steps – First, mark your room for the height of the railing and the studs in your wall. Then, make your straight and coped cuts, and finally nail your railing to your wall.

  • Mark your room

    Chair Rails are typically installed at 32” above the floor. Measure this distance around the room and mark 32” above the floor at regular increments so that you can properly align the bottom of your rail. You should run a stud finder across the walls at this point and mark your studs. You will use these stud marks so that you can solidly nail the railing to your wall. Measure the lengths of each of the walls in your room so that you can buy the appropriate length of railing. Be sure to purchase a few extra inches for each wall so that you can make miter and coped cuts.

  • Cut and Install your Railing

    Cut your first piece of molding square (90° cut) so that it mounts flush with both ends of your wall. Be sure that your measurements are precise, as mistakes will lead to gaps in your joints. Fit the railing to it’s proper place and nail the railing directly into studs using 2-1/2” finishing nails. Sink the nails with a nail set once you are sure your railings are installed properly.

  • Extra Long Walls

    You can join two pieces of molding together with a 45 cut to finish especially long walls. Mitering this joint will prevent noticeable gaping. To make flush connections in the corners of your room, you will need to make coped cuts. Prepare for the cut by using a scrap piece of molding and tracing the profile along the back edge of the molding your will join.

  • Make a Coped Cut

    Using a vise to steady your molding and hold it horizontal, trim your molding with a coping saw. Be sure that you are careful to cut exactly horizontally to create a tight fit to the first piece of molding. Your second piece of railing will have a coped cut and a square cut. Slide the coped end against your first rail and push the square end to the next wall. Once you have determined that the joints will be flush, mount the rail with finishing nails.

  • Outside Corners

    Some rooms have outside corners that you will want to mount railing on. Make opposing miter cuts on two rails with a miter box. Move the railing into place. To make a tight fit, nail the corners together and sink the nail heads with a nail set. If your corner is not quite flush, you can use the rough edge of the nail set to eliminate gaps in the joint. Continue to measure, cut, cope, and miter until you have finished your room.


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