This is a question we are occasionally asked, as it’s one of the terms often used but rarely explained. Originally, many people believe they were used to actually protect the walls of a dining room from damage caused by chairs being pushed back after a hearty meal. This was valuable if space was limited, or large numbers of people might gather for dinner.
Nowadays, it’s simply a decorative piece, helping to add style or focus to what might otherwise be a bland or featureless wall. As for height, what suits the room is a good marker, but usually they are set at around 30-35% up the total height.
Builders Outlet offers a single source for trims, baseboards, and more – as well as kitchen and bathroom cabinets, here at 2775 W 7th Ave in Denver