05:49PM | 06/21/04
Member Since: 06/20/04
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I want to install chair rails but but I want them to be high (not your standard chair rails). I've seen them in a model home where the bottom of the chair rail to the floor is 52 inches on a 8 foot ceiling. I want the same effect but my family room ceiling is 9feet tall. Can someone offer a suggestion on the proper height?

Thanks in advance.


08:51AM | 06/22/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
As the original purpose of the chair rail was to protect the wall from the chair, I suppose the proper height would still be...the height of the chair. It would seem a little silly to install that protection someplace where it would provide only a certain 'look', and not the original intent.

But then again, that's just me. Things go where they were meant to go.


08:06PM | 06/26/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
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Once you get away from the practical function of the chair-rail, the over-riding concern wouold be proportion and what looks right.

Another rrom line is provided by a plate rail at abour six feet to seven feet above floor.

Missin style with high trnasom tyoe wwinbdows would have a trim running around at the height of the window silll.

It all comes down to what looks right foir the room.

Excellence is its own reward!

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