Chair rail moulding is a great way to spruce up a room and protect its walls from wily and dangerous chair backs. If left to their own devices, chairs would dent up all of your walls and make you mad. It is therefor imperative that you keep those walls safe by placing a solid protective barrier at 36" to 42" up from the floor.

The chair rail was first discovered in Europe around the time that our early ancestors first learned to sit. What originated as a wooden plank stuck humbly (and often hastily) to the wall has evolved over time into a type of fancy-schmancy decorative molding. It is now customarily installed into the room of one's first newborn child, as babies are at the greatest risk of exposure to chairs. Typically, during the later stages of pregnancy, the mother-to-be will supervise the installation of chair rail while the dominant males of the family passionately discuss the accuracy of measurements.

Step 1: Go get stuff

You will need:
- Enough chair rail molding to cover the perimeter of your room
- Chop saw
- Nail gun (preferable over hammer and nails)
- Window glazing
- Tape measure
- A pencil
- A level
- Studfinder
- Calk gun
- Sandpaper
- Paper towels

(You will also need paint if you're molding comes unfinished. This Instructable does not cover painting molding, but you would want to do that before you move on to the next step.)
i thought it was going to be like a rail in the floor that the chair is guided along
Agree with j_a_s_p_e_r
dado rail sez what? <br><br><br>Change the title to Installing Chair/Dado Rail<br><br>as we all don't live in the united states of americans
Well, that is where I live and where I live, that is what we typically call it.
Just as a point of interest what do you call a picture rail in the States? It's similar to your chair/dado rail but about 500 mil /1' from the ceiling and you hang pictures from it via a picture hook.
Not sure what those are called... I've seen them in some really nice older houses that have been refurbished/modernized. Now that you've mentioned it... those would be great in my house!
Yeah, I'm not saying remove chair rail, i'm saying so more people understand the instructable add dado.<br><br>I had to read into the instructable to find out its not something to do with blue tape on the floor.
I did the same, I thought this was to stop a chair rolling about the floor.
Yeah but, no offense, several people have voiced their not being American (myself included), and Instructables is an international community, and surely you want your 'able to have the most exposition possible?
Rondofo-<br><br>One more thing. I always called them chair rails. A dado was a method to make a joint between pieces ot materiel.
Randofo- Thank you for this instruc. I worked construction for 21 years, installing Bank Vault doors and other bank related equipment. You might ask what bank vault equipment has to do with a chair rail, but it does, and here is why-<br><br>Besides installing the heavy iron (Vaults and Safes and weapons vaults for the government) our company also produced Bank Teller line counters and the the cabinets below the counters for the tellers. Those 'teller lines' as we called them were pre-fabricated and shipped to the job site, and we had to put them all together. <br><br>Most times we had to do some cutting and hacking on them to fit right. When you showed how to cut a 45 degree angle on one piece, then flip it around with the same face up, I about died.<br><br>All those years being ignorant, when the simplicity of the 90 degree angle was right in front of me, I always hated to cut the 45 degree and 90 degree cut.<br><br>Thank you for this build! I guess it is never too late to learn something...James
In Step 4, what do you do if the room you are in has <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQQ7JJLGHz8">no windows and no doors</a>?
Just measure the full length of each wall and put it up accordingly.
<small>Ah, you just won't take the bait, will you...</small>
What do you mean? :-)<br />
SLAC's BaBar experiment used a 12-sector proton collision ring, by the look of it.<br>http://www.slac.stanford.edu/BFROOT/www/doc/public/conf_pubs/2000/babar-conf-0017.pdf<br>Cherenkov Imaging Techniques are the way to visualise particle collisions.<br><br>So it's basically an imaginary room with no windows, no doors, no walls, and a homicidal mime out back. In technical terms, it's a mushroom. ;-)
Why are you in a mushroom?
:-D I'm not! I'm inside the drift chamber access area of the (now decommissioned) BaBar experiment at SLAC. The twelve sectors you see around me are the back ends of ~11,000 photomultiplier tubes which read out Cherenkov radiation from charged particles.
And what, if there are no walls either? ;-)
Then errant chairs are the least of your problems.
Indeed. If you're trapped in an imaginary room, you should be watching out for the homicidal mime sneaking up behind you....
Then you're trapped and will starve to death.
For those few complaining about the word/meaning of &quot;dado&quot;, There are at least 11(eleven) Different definitions of the word dado, AND THAT'S JUST IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE..It would be stupid and retarded to try and make an &quot;ible&quot; that covered every single use of that, or for that matter almost ANY other world in the human language since most words have at least two and in many cases a LOT more than two definitions of any word. So instead of wasting your time, not to mention the time of others reading your worthless posts simply look at the picture, read the ible and then do something simple like type in www.m-w.com and look up the one or two words you might have trouble with to clarify.<br><br>Also considering the amount of international internet web traffic that other cheap countries find cheaper to route through America instead of spending the money on improving their OWN internet infrastructure, you can hardly blame someone from using the terms that are most prevalent in America.<br><br>You can Google this type of information but just to be nice I have included a single link to help explain the problem other countries have with the weakness of their internet....http://www.isoc.org/inet99/proceedings/1e/1e_2.htm. Basically if America shut off the world to its internet bandwidth, the net would almost cease to exist as far as real usability is concerned.<br><br>So stop complaining about a single word you don't understand, and spend half that time it took you to create and post your worthless comment and just look it up instead.<br><br>Oh and @thebriguy To make the prime the wood with an oil based sealer/primer, caulk it(and keep the caulk line as thin and smooth as possible,let it dry for a day or two then paint it with two coats of finish paint. But even then, just like with a table that is never wiped down dust WILL build up on it. So every month or two take a damp rag and just wipe it down to take it off before it hardens to the point that you need 120grit sandpaper to sand it off and have to repaint it again. If you would like more information about this problem then check out my profile and my email is listed in the &quot;about me&quot; section....I would be more than happy to give you pointers.<br>
What caulk did you use? I've done this and caulked and it looked nice initially, but the caulk collected dust and then didn't look that good months or a year later. Now I never use caulk for this purpose. even when it's painted it ends up performing differently than the woodwork (collects dust and dirt). <br>Have you, or anyone else reading this, had this problem?
Instead of using 45 miter I've seen better results with one molding flush and the other cut with a coping saw. This is tricky, but gives a neater corner
It's cool but I thought that this was for a chair rail thing that goes on the floor and makes your chair like a train of sorts. But anyway cool instrucatble.
Yeah, I was hoping for one of those things that flung the old lady out the window in Gremlins.
Mmhmm i guess we saw casper way too many times
I'v never seen casper.
Haha. Same thing for me.
So when the room has chairs in it someday the wall will not be scared and damaged by the chair backs. Got it! Nice instructable!
Nice ible, but I read through the whole thing before I realized that the blue lineson the floor have nothing to do with it so I gotta ask. What are they for?
That's where the baby furniture will go.

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