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Chair rail height

Posted by Henry in MI on January 29th, 2000 06:38 PM
In reply to raising the chair rail by deedi on January 29th, 2000 05:33 PM [Go to top of thread]

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deedi, the original reason for a chair rail was to protect your walls from getting dented by the backs of chairs. Therefore, going by the original usage, the rail should be at the height of the highest part of the chair back in the room. If you had 4' tall chairs, you should have a 4' high chair rail.

Today, they are more decorative and the normal height is 28 to 36" but there is no reason that you cannot make them 48". If you saw todays show that *** **** used to be on, you would have seen that they put a high rail and paneling in Tom Silva's brothers house. It was so high that they put a plate rail on the top. That was done by modern professional decorators and was going to appear in several magazines. So you have my permission......

Henry in MI

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