How to Install Wainscoting on a Staircase Part 2 How to Install Wainscoting on a Staircase Part 2

What You'll Need
Nail gun
Measuring tape
Masking tapes

You can install wainscoting on a staircase to give it a finished look. Wainscoting is a decorative and protective cover, like wood paneling, that is applied to the lower part of the interior wall. By having this style, the staircase is an art canvas and it will be transformed into a much more elegant staircase. Follow the step below to install wainscoting on a staircase.

Step 1 – Measure the Staircase

Figure out how much baseboard you need by measuring the staircase. This is because the last thing you want to happen is to run out of baseboard material when you are almost done in your project. It is advisable to add 10 percent extra to the supply so that you will have an extra material in times of repeats when necessary.

Step 2 – Choosing the Materials

When selecting the materials especially the baseboards, find the nearest measurements. You do not want to waste time in cutting or figuring out how to fit the baseboard when you start the actual installation.

When buying the baseboard, consider many kinds of varieties of materials as not all baseboards are made alike. Make sure that the baseboard is made of durable material or have a good quality.

Step 3 – The Color of the Baseboard

Consider the color of the baseboard. You will want to make sure that it matches or relates to the place where the staircase is located. For example, dark wood floors are not complementary to sandalwood baseboards, but lighter floors are a perfect match. You may customize the color of your baseboard by painting it. However, it will take a lot of effort, resources and time. If you choose to customize the color of the baseboard, you can use the masking tape to cover the gaps which can be the entrance of any foreign object. Take note that painting the baseboard while it is not yet installed is better than painting the baseboard on the wall.

Step 4 – Installing the Wainscoting

Now that you know the measurement and have the right material for the staircase, it is time to put it together. Use the marker to draw a line as a guide. Cut the baseboard accordingly with the saw or any cutting tools. Make sure that your nails are not big enough to damage the baseboard. Instead, use smaller nails for installation as most of the baseboards that you use are thin enough for using small nails.

Start installing the cut baseboard at the bottom. Make sure that it is perfectly level. Then install the upper parts of your wainscoting.

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