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  • Wainscoting on stairs

    Hi All,

    i have a 2 storey front entry with stairs to the second floor. Planning on adding shaker style wainscoting, but wondering about sizes. Was thinking 36” high, 1x6 for the stiles and 1x4 for the rails. Rabbet and inset 1/4” MDF. Painted white to match the balusters.
    Do think these proportions will work?
    Thanks
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    Re: Wainscoting on stairs

    It will need to tie in with the Bannister.

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    • #3

      Re: Wainscoting on stairs

      Thanks. 36” is close to banister. I think it looks too small for the 2 storey. If I follow the 2/3 rule and do 64”, it looks a bit too big. Figured the pro’s had tips for stairs!

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      • #4

        Re: Wainscoting on stairs

        Over the many years I have built three staircases not including outside steps for things like decks. I have removed wainscoting in a kitchen reno, but never installed wainscoting. I like symmetry, symmetry turns my crank. For a staircase I would want to match the top edge of the wainscoting with the top edge of the banister. Your selection of 1 X 4 rails and 1 X 6 stiles would match up well with the banister as well. Your posts are probably 4 X 4 and viewed at any angle would match up well with the 1 X 6 stiles. The banister railing would match up well with 1 X 4 rails. If you match the height and angle of the wainscoting top edge well with the banister, IMO you would have a very symmetrical look that would compliment the large open space of your entry.

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          Re: Wainscoting on stairs

          https://www.google.com/search?source...60.PI4qBKBGckE
          Start slow; wind down gracefully
          woodbilder@mac.com

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          • #6

            Re: Wainscoting on stairs

            Thanks Steve, i had previously studied Google and Pintrest pics. Our stairs have a landing 1/3 of the way up, and do a 45 degree turn as well. Lots of fun!

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