Aside from elevators, buildings or houses that are more than two stories tall often have stairs with stair railings. Aside from serving as an alternative when the elevator is full or not in good condition, stairs are also perfect for individuals requiring walking. But stairs without stair railings are unsafe for most users especially among children or even adults who need assistance when walking. More often stairs without railings are seldom used due to its impracticability. So in order to increase usage and safety, you must consider installing stair railings on your stairs. You can just attach the railings on the wall closest the stairs or you can remove a portion of the walls and replace stair railings to complement your stairwell. This can be achieved with patience in combination with some carpentry tools and techniques.
Tools and Materials Needed
- Tape measure
- Stair railings
- Stair rail brackets
- Stud finder
- Driver bits
Step 1 - Measuring the Required Height and Length of the Stair Railings
The first and perhaps most important thing to do is to measure first the necessary height and length of the stair railings you will be using. It should be in complement to the existing railings. Use the tape measure to get an accurate reading. The reading should be taken at an angle when the stair railings are to be installed. The height of the rail can be obtained by positioning the tape measure from the edge of the stairs to the desired location. For precised readings, this can be done with the use of a level. The height should be about 32 inches. Mark the height of the railings on the top and bottom steps for reference.
Step 2 - Measuring the Height of the Stair Railing Brackets
Along with obtaining the height of the stair railings, the height of the stair rail brackets should also be taken. The correct height can be obtained by adding both the height of the stair rail and obtained height of the stair rail brackets and subtracting the sum from 32 inches.
Step 3 - Finding the Location of the Stair Rail Brackets
Using a stud finder, locate the studs closest to the pencil mark you have earlier created. Mark these new spots for this are the area where you are going to install the rail brackets.
Step 4 - Setting up the Stair Rail Brackets and the Stair Railings
Once you have identified the studs, create small holes on each. Make sure that the holes are slightly smaller than the screws you will be using to attach the stair rail brackets. Do this using an electric drill. Insert a drill bit which will create hole size that corresponds to the desired slightly small hole compared to the screws to be inserted. Hold the rail brackets on the wall placing the hole initially created on top of the rail. Insert the screw in the hole and drive it interior until it is fixed on the rail brackets. Extend the collars of the rail bracket and fix it on the underside of the stair rail using some screws.