Bathroom Wainscoting Ideas

Learn about using the right wainscoting for your home.


Your home improvement questions, answered by professionals from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), an association of remodeling professionals committed to providing consumers with high standards of quality, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.

Question:

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Can you give me some direction on the use of wainscoting in a bathroom? My house is 100 years old, and in keeping with its historical style, I am planning to install wainscoting on the lower part of my bathroom walls. But I'm not sure that the precut wainscoting I have looked at is tall enough or the right kind. What size and type should I use?

Answer:

Most precut wainscoting isn't going to match a home of that age. You can get beaded tongue-and-groove panels or board-and-batten and make your own. The height usually starts at 4 feet and goes up to 6 feet. If your home is a Craftsman, the wainscoting should be more of a Shaker style, with straight lines and flat panels. Victorians have a little more ornate style with raised panels and decorative moldings.

Answered by: Craig Knott, Certified Remodeler, National Association of the Remodeling Industry

About Craig

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Craig Knott, certified remodeler (CR), is the owner and president of Houseworks Unlimited, Inc., a Maryland award-winning, full-service remodeling company specializing in design-build. Since 1990 it has built a reputation in the Washington and Baltimore metro areas as a provider of unsurpassed-quality construction and superior service. Its 25-plus years of experience in residential construction give it the ability to provide homeowners with the knowledge and expertise needed to complete their projects.

Since 1994 Houseworks Unlimited, Inc. has been a member in good standing with NARI. In 1996 Knott completed the rigorous program to become a CR, a designation awarded by the prestigious NARI. The association has very strict standards for this designation and has designated fewer than 50 remodeling contractors in the entire state of Maryland. In 2003 Knott established NARI of Mid-Maryland, a new chapter of which he was the president for the first two years.

Before starting Houseworks Unlimited, Inc. Knott worked as a master carpenter for other contractors and realized he could provide better service and quality craftsmanship. He built his company on hard work, integrity, and solid customer relations.

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