9th August 2017

Makeover your Staircase with Wainscoting

Adding beautiful wainscoting features to walls can look difficult enough to achieve, let alone attempting it on a stair well.

We have put together some easy to follow step by step instructions on ‘How to Design and Install Wainscoting in Staircase Areas’ to help you create the spectacular interior wall you dream of – it may not be as hard as you think!


We recommend you mark out all of your chair rail and panels on your walls prior to installation. It is much easier to rub out some pencil lines, then to have cut your timber mouldings and realised it was wrong. This will also give you an indication of the finished look, ensure the spacing is correct for the look you are trying to achieve and that the style suits your home and the area.


When creating your design ensure that your horizontal angled members, always measure equal distance from the top of the stair stringer against the wall so that the chair rail and top and bottom inlay moulds run parallel to the angled stringer.


Make your inlay mould uprights plumb, directly up and down. This means all your corner cuts will not be 45 degrees as you will have to bisect each angle equally. You may like to use a sliding bevel to transfer these angles from your wall to the timber moulding prior to cutting.


Marking out your design will help you establish the angles of all intersecting joints, which will make measuring and cutting much simpler.

If you’re still left scratching your head, or have questions, our friendly product team are always here to help you with advice.