How to Put Dado Rails on Stairway Wall

A dado rail offers a unique look and extends the beauty of your interior design to the fullest. It is also known as a subbase or a chair rail. It is a popular type of rail, and you may have heard its name quite a name. And due to its popularity and look you are interested in one at your home, along the stairway wall. It is obviously a good idea, and it will make the design look more beautiful. But the question is how to put dado rails on stairway wall.

How to Put Dado Rails on Stairway Wall

It could be a bit tricky if you didn’t found us. But as now you are here, you won’t have to worry about anything else. Luckily, last week I had to perform a decorative project in which I had to install the dado rills. I had done this before, but this time I have figured out the simplest way of installing the dado rails. I am here to share with you the simple steps here. So, if you are ready and have time to read this article to the end, let’s dive in!

How to Put Dado Rails on Stairway Wall

The standard Dado rails are around 900 millimeters from the floor. Dado rails are designed to protect the walls from the backs of chairs. But now it has become more useful as a design fixture. Anyway, below you will get those simple steps and just have to follow one by one.

Step 1

First of all, you have to use tape to mark a line. As I have mentioned earlier, it should be 900 millimeters from the floor. After that, place a spirit level on the mark and then extend the mark from either end of the level. It will make sure that the bubble stays in the middle.

How to Put Dado Rails on Stairway Wall

Step 2

Next, place the ruler parallelly on the height that you have figured out earlier. Then draw a straight line. You have to follow this straight line while installing the Dado rails.

Step 3

Once you have marked the place, hammer a nail at the end of one of the lines nearest, nearest to the end of the wall. Then apply a chalk line and run this downwards across your remarks. It will make sure that you have ensured the correct level or not. On the very end mark, hold it against the wall and then pin the middle of the line. It should create a shoreline; this will now will be your rough guide by following which you will have to install the Dado rails.

Marked the Place

Step 4

Hold the dado rail into the position, making sure that you could see the rough line. Once you have done that, you have to nail the rails into the wall for securing the attachment initially with the wall. After completing that, check the level of the dado rail again.

Step 5

On the next one, you have to put the spirit level across the top of the dado onto the adjacent wall. After that, mark a line just like you have done at the first step. Again, just like before nail at the very end of the line and attach the chalk line following to the other end.

Step 6

Put the second piece of the dado rail against the existing one and mark where you need to make a cut to perform a scribe join.

Mark Where You Need to Make a Cut

Step 7

Take it to the miter saw and set it 45 degrees. You can also make this cut on your own if you do not have a miter saw. Anyway, make the cut. Then using a coping saw, you need to cut out the shape of the profile. This will allow a smooth connection in it, and that’s what I call a scribe joint.

Step 8

In this case, I apply adhesive. Apply as much adhesive as you can and then put to the existing piece slots and then push against the wall across the line. That’s it; your dado rail is now connected. If you need to install more, just follow this process and connect the rest one by one. It is pretty simple, isn’t it?


Hopefully, I was able to show you the exact way of installing the dado rails. If you got any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me through the comment section below.

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