Cost to Install Chair Rail Molding

Updated: June 2016

Chair Rail Installation Cost CalculatorZip Code
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Chair Rail Molding Cost
Non-discounted retail pricing for: 3/4" x 2 1/2" Primed MDF colonial casing / chair rail molding. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
132 linear feet$128.81$194.31
Chair Rail Molding Labor - Basic
Basic labor estimate to install chair rail molding. Measure, cut (1 miter and 1 coped end per section) chair rail molding and finish nail molding. Patch and smooth nail holes and if painting caulk edge gaps. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
7.0 hours$415.19$724.86
Chair Rail Molding Materials and Supplies
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to install chair rail molding including: fasteners, connectors, surface preparation and finishing materials.
125 Linear Feet$22.45$25.54
Chair Rail Molding Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: pneumatic finish nailer, 12" compound miter saw, biscuit joiner, detail sander.
 $63.75$86.25

Totals - Cost to Install Chair Rail Molding - 125 Linear Feet $630.20$1,030.96
Average Cost Per Linear Foot  $5.04$8.25

Get an INSTANT, detailed estimate of the cost to Install Chair Rail Molding! Our free calculator uses up-to-date, trusted data to estimate typical subcontractor costs for a Chair Rail Installation project. For a basic 125 linear feet project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Install Chair Rail Molding ranges between $5.04 - $8.25 per linear foot.

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Cost to Install Chair Rail Molding - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS! Explore the full range of chair rail molding new installation labor options and material prices here.

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Chair Rail Installation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Chair Rail Installation jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Chair Rail Installation. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Install Chair Rail Molding - References

Chair Rail Installation - Average Cost Per Linear Foot

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Chair Rail Installation costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.


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