A chair rail, also known as a chair rail molding, is what people install to guard the plaster on walls from cracking or getting damaged, when chairs are placed against it. As such, they are found in kitchens and dining areas, where chairs are predominant. However, they may also be used in living rooms and bathrooms for similar reasons. Traditionally, they were used for the purpose of function, but today, form and function have combined to give birth to beautiful designs that fulfill the various aesthetic requirements of your decorating endeavors. For this detail, they are installed along with wainscoting (large wooden panels) below them. These can be further enhanced with laminates of different colors, or other such materials. Wainscoting is not the only option when it comes to adding to the aesthetic value of a chair rail. A lot of home owners choose to highlight a contrast in their wall paint, above and below the rail, which means the portion above is a lighter color, and the one below is a darker color. This detail can also be enhanced with the use of wallpaper of different prints and styles. A lot of people are confused between the standard height of a chair rail and the exceptions made for the purpose of decoration. Here’s the answer for same.
What is its Ideal Height?
Since it is called a chair rail, ideally its height should be equal to the top of a chair back. However, in order to incorporate aesthetics and wall decorations into this functional object, the height may vary anywhere between 32 inches to 40 inches. Technically, the height of the room also plays a part in deciding its height. If the ceiling of a room is low, say around 8 feet to 9 feet, the chair rail should be no more than 36 inches or 3 feet high. Any dimension that is provided to you should be from the floor to the center of the chair rail molding, and not the top or bottom of the molding. If you have a higher ceiling (say 10 or 12 feet), it can go as high as 48 inches.