How to Install Chair Rail Video

Tips on Installing Chair Rail

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video, Mark Donovan of shows how to install chair rail.

Installing chair rail is a great way to add beauty and functionality to a room. Chair rail works great in any room, however it is perfect for kitchens and other rooms where chairs could inadvertently bump up against the walls.

When installing chair rail it is best to work in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction.

In general the bottom edge of the chair rail should be located 32 to 36 inches off the floor of the room.

Prime and paint, or stain the chair rail before fastening it to the walls. You’ll save yourself a lot of time by following this tip.

A finish nail gun helps to make the job go much more quickly and ensure a professional job.

When installing chair rail with a finish nail gun use 2-1/2 inch nails. If using a hammer and nails, use 8d finish nails and a nail set to countersink the nails.

For the inside corners, use a miter saw and coping saw. Coped corner cuts ensure a perfect 90 degree angle chair rail corner, even if the walls are not.

After installing the chair rail to the walls, fill the nail holes with spackle. Then go back and apply paintable caulk over the top edge seam and immediately wipe the excess caulk off with a moist paper towel.

Finally, touch up paint the chair rail to complete the project.

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