07:07PM | 07/28/04
Member Since: 07/27/04
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I want to to install protective moldings around my kitchen and dining room walls for my chairs. My first instinct is to match the chairs at hand, but before I make that decision I was wondering if there is a correct or standard height measurement that should be used... any help will be greatly appreciated...thank you.


07:18PM | 07/28/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
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As the name implies, the primary purpose is to protect walls from chairbacks scuffing the paint off. accordingly, in it's utilitarian function, it should be installed at the height that offers the best protection which depends on the size of the chairs you have.

This work out to about 36" to 38" for most. When it sereves more of a decorative function, it may be anywhere from 28" to 52", depending on the size of room and other proportions involved.

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12:22PM | 08/01/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
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You may change you chairs more often than you would change the moulding.. so usually you would go with the proportions of the room.

For more on proportion & scale go to my site: and look at the "how do i" section for the proportion & scale page.

Typically you would use the golden rule of carpentry (from the ancient greeks) which simplified is 1/3 the height of the ceiling... so 8' you place the chair rail at 32" which should also match up with most chairs.

The question is more complicated than that though as there are design & scale to take into account as well. You may have an historic home with 9' ceilings & dropped window stools where the wainscot & chair rail may need to go up a few inches, and be sized in a larger trim for example...

I wouldn't go to 36" though as you want to keep under the kitchen counter top for tie ins for the most part... but then that may be a feature you would like? So it is subjective, and the basic rule is 1/3.

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