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bp21901
Preferred height of chair rail

I am going to be installing some chair rail and was wondering about the height to place it. It will be a "break" in the wall for color scheme purposes, just paint – not wainscoting. It will not be functional as far as protection from the backs of chairs. The ceiling in the room is a cathedral going from 7’4” up to 12” at the center. Only half the room will have the chair rail, the other half is kitchen cabinets. The halves are nicely divided by doorways so there is a great start/stop point for the chair rail.

I am looking at placing it ~32” from the floor since that aligns with a window sill. I have seen some design write ups that recommend a 36” - 40” height, others that recommend 1/3 the height of the wall. I am weak on the design / color scheme side of a project and thought I would ask what others have seen and done and the advantages & drawbacks.

A. Spruce
Re: Preferred height of chair rail

I'd recommend going with a 36" +/- and inch or two because it's visually more attractive. The nice thing is that you can test out which you like better by placing 2" painters tape on the wall at the different heights. This will allow you to choose the height that appeals to you most before ever cracking a can of paint. :)

Debra
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my kitchen has it at the same level as the top of the kitchen cabinets, that's 32". It's an awkward sight line for me. Unfortunately the same height is running throughout the house and it either makes my furniture look too short or too tall.

Since it is in a kitchen I would suggest you line it up with the counter tops using the same thickness as well to really have a continuous line around the room.

canuk
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Ditto Sprucey.;) :)

kreg mcmahon
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32-38 is fine. line it up so the top of the chair rail is the top of the counter in the kitchen which is usually 36. you can always tack a piece up and stand back and look at it. the eye is the best source of apealing looks.

A. Spruce
Re: Preferred height of chair rail

There is always the Golden Mean:

"Do unto chair rail ..."

No, wait that's no it. :D

The Golden Mean is a ratio found in nature that is a mathematical definition of aesthetic proportion. Google it for the best explanation. I think Wikipedia's is pretty good.

bp21901
Re: Preferred height of chair rail

Well Spruce, thanks for the headache.....:)

I tried a couple ways to use the Golden Ratio but kept coming up with different answers!! It really looked unique with the chair rail following the slope of the cathedral ceiling! :D

Anyway, I will go the painters tape route starting at the counter height since it makes sense to keep that same "line" around the room. That should have occurred to me initially but didn't since the doorways on each side of the room terminate the cabinet run.

All the Christmas knick-knacks are finally down so I am turned loose again. Next up is the final skim coat, light sanding, drop cloths, tape off the edges, primer and stopping by S/W to get the paint mixed. The backsplash tile is supposed to be in this week also. This should keep me busy for a while. :cool: I had been working on putting insulation in the top of the detached garage and I'm tired of the itch.

Thanks for the suggestions.

A. Spruce
Re: Preferred height of chair rail
bp21901 wrote:

Well Spruce, thanks for the headache.....:)

You're welcome ... ;):p

It does take a bit to figure out how it relates to your needs, but once you do it really does help keep proportions in check. I use it when building furniture to get good height/width/depth ratios.

woodchip
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bp

You mentioned "final skim coat" in your reply. I am wondering if I should try to skim over my heavy knock-down texture or do as a diy friend suggested and wet then scrape the old knock-down off the wall.

Anyone here have any thoughts?

Thanks

bp21901
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Progress pic's of the backsplash. Got a lot of good info from johnbridge website. No surprises so far, just very slow progress.

canuk
Re: Preferred height of chair rail

bp21901 .... sweet :)

Looks like some tricky cuts around the window as well ... nice job.:)
Are you using a wet saw?

Quote:

just very slow progress

It takes as long as it takes ... for a good job.;)

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