Chair Rail -- Yes, it is EXACTLY what it sounds like
We all love the molding details of houses. Trim features like crown molding (or moulding), chair rail, wainscoating (party on, Garth) are things that people "oooooh" and "aaaaah" over when looking at a home.
But few people stop to think - what's the point? Sure, it's nice to look at - but did you know that some of these trim details actually have a viable purpose?
Most of us know it as a nice decorative feature on the wall, about 36 inches in height. Some choose to paint one color below and one color above. As a matter of fact, some designers even use this as an optical illusion to make rooms appear larger. But I digress…..
Chair rail had a real purpose at one point. It was there to protect your walls from damage due to the backs of chairs. Think about it, as you stand up, you usually push your chair back a bit - and imagine the curfuffle (that's right, I said curfuffle) that could arise from slamming into someone else's wall.
After all, the Duke was not likely to invite you to tea again if you damaged his dwelling.
So, there you go - you can now go forth and impress your dinner guests with such a fun fact. You're welcome.