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    Default Picture rail height

    I am looking to install picture rail in the living and bedrooms, and want some input on the install height.

    Should I keep the height a single distance from the floor, a fixed distance from the floor at one point and level throughout(this is where I am leaning, 95" from the floor at a point of my choosing and use a level and chalk line from there), or a fixed distance from the ceiling?

    The house is 100+ years old so no doorway or window trim is perfectly level, and the ceiling height is not quite the same but pretty close to 9'1". I am not sure if I want to be happy with the windows and doors looking a shade off, or the picture rail not being perfectly level.
    It's this old house, not this built after your dad was born house.

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    Default Re: Picture rail height

    I would recommend setting the picture rail a fixed distance from the ceiling, as it will be closest to and parallel to the ceiling and most noticeable if it is not. You can adjust it +/- 1/2" at the corners if you want to, as that amount over a long distance won't be noticed.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Picture rail height

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    I would recommend setting the picture rail a fixed distance from the ceiling, as it will be closest to and parallel to the ceiling and most noticeable if it is not. You can adjust it +/- 1/2" at the corners if you want to, as that amount over a long distance won't be noticed.
    agreed.....

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    Default Re: Picture rail height

    Thank you gents, I'll go with that
    It's this old house, not this built after your dad was born house.

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    Default Re: Picture rail height

    Quote Originally Posted by Edwardwhite View Post
    if still you arent resolved with the problem of yours then its better to contact a good interior designer for this problem. you would get a better solution for it right now
    i don't believe that this is an interior design issue at all. location of hanging paintings would be an interior design issue. placement of a picture rail would not be.

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