DIY: Install Your Own Stair Railing

Stair railings are not just an aesthetic component to your house because they also ensure the safety of your family. Stair railings are one of those things that we don’t pay a lot of attention to and take for granted, that is of course until you trip climbing up or coming down the stairs and you have nothing to hold on to break your fall.

If your stairs currently don’t have a railing, don’t worry. The good news is they are easy to install. In fact, installation is so easy that you could do it yourself without having to hire an expert. Just follow this procedure and you’ll have a railing set up in no time:

Have the Right Materials and Equipment

First things first, make sure that you’ve got everything you need before you get started. Your checklist should include handrail brackets, railings, stainless steel screws, an appropriate drill with bits of the diamond core drill variety and measuring tape.

In addition you’ll need to have a pen or pencil handy, to mark positions with.

Mark the Position of the Rail End

To begin with you want to start with the top end, marking the position where the railing will be fixed to the wall. As a general rule of thumb, this end of the railing should sit at a height of around 92 centimetres or so from the nose of the last step.

Mark this height using a measuring tape and a pencil. Afterwards cut a couple of inches off of the railing and place this piece on top of the handrail bracket. Then position the handrail bracket on the wall or post and angle the railing piece until its end reaches the mark. Then mark the bottom and the drill holes of the bracket with a pencil.

Attach Top End of the Railing

Drill holes into the wall or post through the holes of the bracket and then use the stainless steel screws to attach it. Following this, fasten a u-shaped sleeve into the underside of the railing and then mount it onto the handrail bracket.

Mark the Position of the Bottom End

Likewise, go down to the bottom end of the railing and measure the diagonal height from the nose of the tread. Adjust the position of the railing as needed (this should be easy now that the top end has been fixed into place). Afterwards mark the proper position.

Attach Bottom End of the Railing

Having done this, repeat the process of screwing in the handrail bracket, fastening a u-shaped sleeve into the underside of the railing and then mounting the latter onto the former.

Attach Middle Handrail Bracket

You’re not quite done yet. While you’ve got the two ends firmly attached, there’s a very high chance that the railing is sagging slightly in the middle. This needs to be fixed in order to ensure that your railing remains sturdy.

To check the exact position of the sagging, extend a chalk line across the entire railing and measure the height from the railing to it. When you reach the position where the height difference is greater, mark it. Using a plank or some other sturdy material, lift up this position to the normal height. Afterward, install a handrail bracket there, following the aforementioned procedure.

With that done, all that’s left to do is sit back and admire your own handy work.