Chair Rail Molding Installation: 3 Tips Chair Rail Molding Installation: 3 Tips

Installing chair rail molding can provide a nice addition to any room. Chair rail molding will give you a visually interesting element in the room, as well as some functionality. When installing chair rail molding, you will need to keep a few things in mind to avoid making mistakes. Here are some tips to remember when installing chair rail molding.

1. Dealing with Corners

In order to provide a professional look, you will need to be able to properly deal with where the chair rail will meet in the corners. There are a few different ways that you can handle this scenario. The majority of corners that you will be dealing with are inside corners. When you have an inside corner, you will want to make sure that you make coped cuts on the molding. This will make sure that the chair rail molding meets together properly and does not leave any gaps. On inside corners, if you try to use traditional miter cuts, there is a good chance that they will not fit together properly. Many houses have walls that are not square and making miter cuts will point out this flaw. When making a coped cut, you should place the molding into a vice grip to make sure that you can cut it without any errors.

If you are working with outside corners, then you can use a miter saw for this application. Make miter cuts on each of the pieces that will be joined together and then match them up. If you have problems fitting them together, you may want to sand down the edges of the molding.

You can also choose to use corner boxes to avoid making any coped cuts. These boxes have decorative elements on them and easily attach to the wall. You can then run the molding directly up to the box on each side.

2. Height

Deciding on the height of the chair rail molding is also an important part of the process. Do not simply stick the chair row molding onto the wall randomly. The generally accepted height for chair rail molding is approximately 32 inches. Therefore, you should go around the outside of the room and mark a line 32 inches off the ground. You should then use a stud finder to locate all of the studs in the area. Place a small mark above the 32 inch line were each stud is located. This is where you will need to nail the molding into place.

3. Using Adhesive 

You can also use a wood adhesive when attaching the chair rail molding to the wall. Apply a thin bead of wood adhesive to the back of the chair rail molding. Press the chair rail molding gently on the wall and then nail it. Combining the adhesive with the nails will make sure that the chair rail is attached solidly to the wall.

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