Chair railing not only protects the surface of the walls but also enhances the interior décor of the house, making it more appealing to the eye. Therefore, it is imperative to be keen enough to choose both the color and the design that won’t make your house look horrible. While most people use it for interior design, it still fulfills its primary goal of protecting the wall, especially if the wall is made of fragile plaster.
Let’s examine some chair railing diagrams below. What impression do they give you?
Installing a chair rail is one of the easiest tasks for people dedicated to making their house look far beyond any other ordinary house. However, this will only depend on the type of house and the nature of the rail to be installed. For instance, it will be easier to install it in the house represented in figure (a) than in (b) and (c).
Assuming you have all the necessary materials to make a beautiful chair rail, it is important to find mechanisms through which you can install the chair rails with a lot of ease.
The first step when you want to install chair rails is to take the exact measurements of the places you would wish to install the rails. In a house where the chairs to be used are already known, it is wise to measure the height of the chair. If you can slide the chair near the wall, it could also provide an accurate height. However, in cases where the chairs to be used are not yet defined, the best rule of thumb is to measure the height from the ceiling board to the floor and divide it by three.
Install your chair rails at a distance of about 1/3 from the floor. But since the floor might not be straight, using a spirit level is always the best option as it will ensure that you obtain horizontal chair rails.
It is advisable to start from the furthest end, preferably from the door while moving to the other parts of the wall. This is mostly to avoid unnecessary joints on the wall, which could otherwise make it look ugly. Besides these, drive the nails into the rail, but be sure to use nails that will neither cause the rail nor the wall to crack.
Painting chair railings is also very important. For instance, the color of the rails and the wall in the three figures above still look great, making the house more presentable.
Having the right rails, determining the height of the rails from the floor surface, and finding better ways to drive the nails into the wall is key to a better chair rail installation.