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Carpentry / March 14, 2023
Wainscoting has been around since the 1700s and remains popular even while many other home fashions have fallen by the wayside over the intervening decades. It consists of panelling that is installed all around the room and covers approximately the bottom third to the bottom half of the wall. Here are three benefits of hiring a carpenter in Winnipeg to install wainscoting in your home.
Wainscoting can help tie the overall design scheme of a room together and put a button on it. It may feel a little old-fashioned, but that can be a good thing. It can add elegance and class to an otherwise plain room.
If you have a room in your home with odd dimensions, decorating it can be a challenge. Installing wainscoting can bring a little symmetry into the space and give you a starting point on which to anchor your overall design scheme.
Wainscoting comes in different styles and is able to fit into almost any design scheme. For example, if you have a classic Victorian home, you would install recessed wainscoting to give it a period-appropriate dignified look. If your style is more country cottage, you probably want to install beadboard, which consists of thin, vertical wood planks alternating with a narrower strip of wood called a bead. This enhances a home’s rustic look. If your home has a nautical interior design scheme, you may want to consider shiplap wainscoting, which consists of wide horizontal boards that either slightly overlap each other or are installed to give the illusion that they do.
You also have options about where to install wainscoting. You can install it throughout the whole house or only in certain rooms. Some people put it in places that otherwise don’t have much visual interest, such as stairwells or entryways. Other people like the finished look it adds to a guest bathroom.
While today wainscoting is primarily decorative, originally it served a specific purpose: To protect the walls from scuffs or holes. In those days, walls were made out of plaster. It was a difficult, laborious project first to install them and then to repair any damage that may have occurred. Wainscoting was installed as a protective barrier against chair legs, heavy boots, pets’ claws, and anything else that might damage the plaster.
Today, most walls are made of drywall, which is a lot easier to repair or replace if necessary. Nevertheless, drywall is still susceptible to scratches, dents, scuffs, and holes, and wainscoting can protect it from damage so that it lasts for many years to come.
The cost to purchase and install wainscoting depends on what material you choose. Wood is the traditional choice for wainscoting and is generally inexpensive depending on the type of wood you choose. Wooden wainscoting may be less expensive than some premium wallpapers and is definitely easier to install. An even more affordable option is pressed wood, also known as medium-density fiberboard, though it may not be as durable.
Another wainscoting material is ceramic tile. This option is a little more expensive, but it is a good option in a kitchen or bathroom where it may be exposed to moisture or spills.
Installing wainscoting isn’t hard, but when you don’t do it right, it shows. When you hire Handyman Connection to install wainscoting, we guarantee our work in writing. We will get it right the first time, or we will fix it at no cost to you. Learn more about the repair services in Winnipeg we offer.