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The term 'wainscot' describes both the paneling and the process of putting the paneling on the walls. Initially, it was used as a form of insulation and made from oak. Usually, a dado rail, or chair rail, is added if the wainscoting comprises only the lower third of the room. Wainscoting should never split a wall in half, but should generally be done in thirds.


What is the purpose of wainscoting?

Wainscoting has been used in the past to provide insulation and to control mold on the lower portion of walls. But, the beauty of wainscoting has remained with us long after the need for it passed. We now use wainscotting as decoration to add grace and style in areas of the home.

What is wainscoting made of?

Ar one time, wainscoting was made from solid wood, however, now wainscoting can be made from plywood, medium-density fiberboard, or even plastic.

What are the different types of wainscoting?

Raised panel wainscoting

Raised panel wainscoting, true to its name, has a center raised area as the focal point of each panel.


Flat panel wainscoting

Flat panel wainscoting features a flat area as the center of the panel, with top, bottom, and side rails which are raised.


Board and Batten

Board and batten describes wainscoting with boards which alternate between wide and narrow. The boards are wide, and the battens are the narrow part of the pattern scheme. In the traditional pattern, the boards were lain and the battens nailed over the top of the seams between boards, and used either vertically or horizontally.

What's the difference between wainscoting and beadboard?

Beadboard is comprised of small strips of wood separated by a small ridge or indentation, known as the ‘bead.’ Wainscoting is a broader term, which refers to decorative paneling.

How much does wainscoting cost?

The cost of wainscoting will vary depending on the type of pattern and the material used in the design. Generally speaking, the more elaborate the design, the higher the cost.