How to Install a Chair Rail

From ordinary to elegant in one weekend

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Miter saw
  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nail gun
  • Coping saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Stud finder
  • Block plane
  • Level
  • File
  • Orbital sander
  • Painters tape
  • Pry bar
  • Putty knife
  • Rags
  • Safety glasses
  • Paintbrush
  • Utility knife

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Chair rail
  • 1-1/2-in. brad nails
  • Finish
  • Wood shims
  • Colored wood putty or filler
  • Wood glue