These Mysterious Home Features Used To Serve A Purpose Centuries Ago

Picture Rails Line The Walls And Ceiling

If your walls have small wooden railings near the ceiling, you may own a picture rail. In the 1840s, architects built these into homes to hang pictures. Art would dangle from a chain, and the hanging wouldn’t damage the wall. Many picture rails include movable hooks for paintings.

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Picture rails became outdated by the 1940s. However, you can still install a picture rail if you want to save your walls from nails. Most picture rails are 1.5 to 2 inches wide and carved from wood, sometimes painted to accent the room.

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