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Old 01-22-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Is there a rule of thumb on height of panels for a 10 ft ceiling? 32" seems too low and some of the newer homes we have seen are at 42". I have also seen reference to 1/3 to 2/3 up the wall. I am sure some of it boils down to personal preference but we want to make sure it is in scale with the ceiling.

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I 10 foot ceiling is high. Possibly use the Golden Rule to create a Golden Rectangle. This is know in architecture as the most pleasing to the eye. Most buildings are designed with this is mind. So tr different heights with 2" blue tape to see what you like. 45" on a 120" ceiling would give you a close match to the golden triangle. a+b/a=1.618 for the top section

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I'm bored (too much coffee, too late) so here's a look at 36"...
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Here's at 42"...
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48"....
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And just for sh!tes and giggles, 66"...
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And all together 36, 42, 66...
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And the renders...
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Told you I had too much coffee...I'm usually in bed by 9:30, this looks to be an all-nighter...
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So where is the 45"?
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you'll have to use your imagination...I'll give you a hint though...it's going to look a LOT like the 42"
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Thanks for the pictures, extremely helpful to see a visual. Related question, should we expect bowing of the paneling across long wall expanses? One potential contractor I spoke to said to expect some bowing due to walls being uneven from stud to stud in some places. I asked if there was any kind of glue as reinforcement and he said they could do it, but it would be more labor, more money. As a best practice, do you recommend glue for added strength? Do you need it?

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If these are MDF panels they will bend just fine around the uneven studs. But glue will help. Toe-nail (drive nail at an angle) into the studs will also help. Be sure to buy box extensions for all the electrical outlets. Code demands the box remain flush with any combustible wall surface. Over sized plates can be used if needed to cover minor errors in your cuts.

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