Could someone please provide me with what would be a standard height for
Also, when picture molding is installed below the chair rail is it normally
glued or nailed to the wall. On the horizontal pieces you could probably
hit a couple of studs, but on the vertical the chances of hitting a stud
would be very slim.
Thanks for any advice.
I installed a small picture frames around our
DR beneath the chair rail about 15 years ago.
I used a brad nailer and a small bead of elmers.
I didn't want to use construction adhesive because
of the thickness/viscosity would be too hard
to work with with the relatively small molding I used.
I didn't woory about hitting studs. If your
molding is heavy, that would be more important.
To get a nice look, I think that it is nice
to apply a tiny bead of caulk around the outside
& inside, and also to have the paint color of the
molding a shade or two lighter/darker than
the wall color.
That's about all I know about decorating, but
it looks pretty good and has never fallen off!
The chair rail height should match your chairs,
somewhere in the 32-36 inch range most likely.
Assuming the chair rail's purpose is decorative versus functional (i.e.
you're not really protecting the wall from chairs) 35" or 36" is a good
height. If you're using this effectively as the top of wainscoting/wall
frames, you may want to adjust it based on the ceiling height in the
room. In that case, 1/3 of the room height is a good rule of thumb.
We always ask the customer but if no one tells us, we put it at 32".
As far as attaching the picture molding (and chair rail) we use yellow
glue and pins or nails depending on the size of the molding.
One thing to consider is that use of any adhesive will pull the paper
off the wall with the molding if you need to remove it when the
decorator changes her mind.
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