Tips for Installing a Steel Handrail

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Tips for Installing a Steel Handrail

Marble staircase with a steel handrail in a modern building

For do-it-yourself folks around the home, installing a new steel handrail for an indoor or outdoor staircase is a challenging but worthwhile project. It involves precision and angles, plus a bit of creativity in some homes where staircases might twist or turn.

Here are a few basic step-by-step tips for installing a new staircase handrail in your home.

Measure Staircase, Purchase Materials

As a general rule, you’ll want to measure from the nose at the top of your staircase landing down all the way to the ground at the bottom of the steps – and then add two feet to your purchase. All the products for steel railings you might need can be found online at Wasatch Steel, including custom steel for special projects. You’ll also need to buy brackets for the top and bottom of the railing.

Mark Studs

You’ll want to mark both the stud locations and the top and bottom of the staircase, for reference later.

Cut and Fit

For any railings you don’t buy already at the proper size, you’ll need to cut them down to the right range. In addition, especially for staircases that turn or flatten out, you’ll need to fit pieces in using steel elbows (also available at Wasatch Steel).

Remember during this process that you’ve already measured your railing a bit longer than you probably will end up needing – if you lose a bit while cutting chunks off, it’s not a big deal. Just focus on making sure all your pieces fit together.

Position and Mount

It’s now time to put your railing in. For indoor railings, it’s often recommended that you pre-drill holes for your screws so the heads don’t break off too easily. This whole process is generally easier with at least two people, especially for larger or heavier railings, and be sure to take proper safety precautions.

Remember, you can get all the steel and tools you might need for this kind of project in Salt Lake City at Wasatch Steel. If you need any help at all, contact us anytime.