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Handrails


The handrail of the stairs serves as support for your hand when you go up or down. The handrail also serves as an attaching point of the top part of balusters. At first view everything seems very simple, it is an ordinary wooden batten of fashioned section parallel to the pitch line, imaginary line joining the upper edges of treads. But it is not as simple as it seems. The form of the handrail shall be chosen in compliance with the general design of stairs, their size and intended purpose. There are numerous variants of handrail designs, forms, and sections. Let's discuss in detail what types of handrails are currently available, and in what cases they should be used.

Some types of handrails have a time-proved classical form, other types of handrails have modern design and simple forms.
When you choose a handrail type for your stairs, you shall take into account the entire design of your stairs and their separate elements, so that the form the handrail can be in harmony with them.

 

 

 

 

 

Handrails of simple forms look good at the stairs in minimalist style. Handrails of elegant forms with curves look good at the stairs of classical design. Most types of handrails are manufactured in two flavors - with a trench on the reverse side and without it. Therefore as we have already mentioned in the section Assembling Stairs, if you use balusters with round edges, choose a handrail without a trench at the reverse side, and if you use balusters with square edges, choose a handrail with a trench at the reverse side.


Model 1

It has the following dimensions: 2 5/8” at its widest point & 2 3/4” at its tallest point.
Due to its proportions it is very friendly for your hand. Numerous small curves in its elegant profile underline its beauty. It looks wonderful at all the flights. It is ideal for stairways of classical design. Such handrail in its curved version communicates particular grace to the stairs. There are such complements to the handrail as Returned End Handrail, Level Quarter Turn Handrail, 45 Degree Mitered Handrail. It is an ideal solution for the stairs in dwelling houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Model 2

It has the following dimensions: 2 5/8” at its widest point & 3” at its tallest point.
Its upper part bears resemblance to a mushroom cap. By means of it the area of the handrail and consequently its sliding surface is enlarged. It is a good solution for the stairs in dwelling houses.
There are such complements to the handrail as Returned End Handrail, Level Quarter Turn Handrail, 45 Degree Mitered Handrail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Model 3

It has the following dimensions: 2 1/4” at its widest point & 2 3/8” at its tallest point. It is a very popular model of a handrail.
Successful proportions as well as soft and flowing lines of its profile make it friendly for a hand. There are also such complements to the handrail as Returned End Handrail, Level Quarter Turn Handrail, 45 Degree Mitered Handrail. It is an excellent choice for a dwelling house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Model 4

It has the following dimensions: 1 5/8” at its widest point & 5 1/2” at its tallest point. This handrail design is executed in the minimalist style. The presence of the side deepening makes it more convenient to grip the handrail with your hand. Such handrail will look good with cylindrical balusters. The handrails of such a design are produced only straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Handrail Fittings
When you build a staircase, namely when you assemble the handrails, there inevitably arise situations, when it is necessary to join, lengthen, or change the direction of handrails in a flight of stairs. Many manufacturers offer ready construction solutions for that purpose. We have on several occasions mentioned hereinabove such complements to handrails as Returned End Handrail, Level Quarter Turn Handrail, 45 Degree Mitered Handrail. Besides them, there exist numerous complementary elements which not only make it easier to assemble the handrail but also communicate exclusive refinement to the stairs. Let's describe them in detail.

 

Returned End Handrail
It is intended for elegant ending of the handrail square end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Level Quarter Turn Handrail
It is intended to create a smooth passage between two handrails with 90 degree angle them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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