Repairing a scrape or hole in the drywall caused by a chair is a simple process.

How to Fix a Wall Scrape From a Chair

by Maria Magher

Chairs are the most common culprits for walls scrapes. Chair backs frequently bump and slam into smooth drywall, marring its finish and gauging into the surface -- especially when there are children in the mix. Chair-rail molding is a good idea in the long run for areas that see a lot of traffic. Until you get around to a more permant solution -- or the kids grow up -- a simple patch can make your wall look like new again.

1 Clean the area. You may be able to remove the mark entirely with a wet cloth and soap.

2 Spread a thin layer of drywall compound over deeper scrapes and gouges. Spread it as smoothly as possible, and don't use more than you need.

3 Allow the compound to dry completely before adding a second layer, if necessary. Apply the second layer in the same manner as the first.

4 Smooth over the patched area once it is completely dry by sanding it with a piece of medium- or fine-grit sandpaper.

5 Paint over the area with paint that matches the wall. If you do not have original paint, you will need to have the paint in the room color-matched at a home improvement store.

Items you will need

  • Drywall compound
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paint brush


  • Work in thin layers when you apply the drywall compound so you do not have to sand a lot of excess.
  • Install a chair rail after you repair the scrape to prevent against future damages.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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