If you’ve run out of DIY ideas to beautify your home, adding a chair rail in the mix is your best bet. It adds a finished look and instantly makes any room feel warm, expensive, and elegant.
The primary purpose of a chair rail was to protect walls from being damaged by the backs of chairs that may accidentaly be pushed to the wall. Now, it’s treated as an aesthetic addition to a room rather than a practical way to prevent walls from being scathed.
A chair rail definitely adds just the right amount of daintiness and a sense of refinement that you or anyone you know will surely appreciate. Most professional installers place chair rails at one-third the distance of the ceiling height. For a regular 8-foot ceiling, they should be installed about 32 inches from the floor. This trick highlights the room’s dimensions and proportions. If you’re working with a large room or a number of rooms, it’s best that you use a laser level during the process. This versatile tool will make the job easier and will take a lot of stress off your shoulders from start to finish.
Here we will show you how to install a chair rail in the easiest and budget friendly way possible with absolutely remarkable jaw dropping results, your guests would think you had an expert do the job. We’ll aslo includehelpful tips to ensure that this DIY runs smoothly.
Tools and Materials
- Miter saw
- Pneumatic nailer
- Nail set
- Laser level
- Small paintbrush
- Tape measure
- Wood glue
- Interior wall paint
- Chair rail molding
- 2-1/2″ finish nails
- Wood filler
Tips and Tricks
– Before beginning the project, make certain that the batteries in your laser level are fully charged and ready for use.
– Make safety your top priority. Looking directly into the light can cause damage to your eyes, so safety goggles are a must when using a laser level.
– Set the laser level where you need it but be sure it is resting on a solid surface. Depending on your brand and type, the tool will automatically find the level measurement and shoot out a red line. Simply follow the line by using a pencil to mark your spots.
– Each laser level are created different so make sure to read the manual carefully.
Steps on how to install a chair rail with a laser level
- First, you’ll have to come up with a floor plan, taking note of the exact length of each section of the walls. You’ll have to go through this initial step to ensure that you buy just the right amount of excess material so you won’t have to shell out a big amount of cash.
- Once you have the materials and the floor plan ready, measure the wall according to the length to determine how many lengths of chair rail molding will be needed. You can slide a chair up to the wall and mark where it would hit the wall.
- After determining the height, use your tape measure and laser level of choice to make a level line along the whole length of the room. Using a laser level to set your line will ensure that your chair rail will be straight as floors are not always level. Mark the line with a pencil.
- Next, using your miter saw, mark the molding for your first molding Then, proceed with the rest of the molds following the measurements that you pre-determined while completing your floor plan.
- After cutting all your needed moldings, start installing them beginning at the inside corner and align the bottom of the molding with the level line you marked earlier. Attach the first piece to the wall with wood glue and then secure it to the wall using a pneumatic nailer and 2 1/2″ finishing nails and repeat the same step with the rest of the moldings.
- When all the chair rails have been installed, use a nail set to recess the nail heads and cover up the nail holes with high quality wood filler. Sand the mold lightly to smooth the joints and puttied nail holes.
- Lastly, apply a bead of paintable caulk to the edge of the molding where it meets the wall, and fill in any other holes or gaps if needed. Then, paint away!