Choosing Handrails for Your Stairs

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Deciding on handrails for your staircase can be tricky because they come in a variety of materials, designs, and styles. These criteria depend on the place in which they will be installed (industrial or residential), the desired vibe of the railing and what it should add to the room’s aesthetic, and its overall purpose. Efficiency, practicality, durability, and appearance are some of the elements to think about when choosing a type of handrail for your staircase.

Types of Staircase Handrails

The materials used to make handrails differ depending on a number of factors. Here are some of the most common types:

Metal handrails: This type of handrails can come in chrome, aluminum, stainless steel. Metal handrails have many advantages compared to other material: they’re highly durable and easy to maintain, they’re affordable, and they can be styled in a wide variety of designs.
Glass handrails: This kind of handrail add an aesthetic appeal. Despite its fragility, the look of a glass handrail instantly gives a modern edge to a room.
Wooden handrails: Wood is one of the most commonly used materials for residential handrails and that is due to its practicality, affordability, and its “homey” feel.
Wrought iron handrails: This type allows for creative designs given the fact that it is made from malleable iron that can be shaped and moulded into pretty much anything. Wrought iron railing is considered more upscale and is the most expensive material to go for.

Creative Handrail Designs

Simplicity is key

These designs are classic go-tos. You can never go wrong with a simple handrail design because it is timeless without really trying. These designs are also perfect for a particularly busy wall or wallpaper.

A twist of abstract

These ideas are for the artistically adventurous only. Add a sprinkle of modernity to your house with these creative handrails that show off your taste.

Floating banister
Wall-mounted railing is one of the hottest designs for staircases. It’s sleek, chic, and effortlessly elegant.

Through the looking glass

The wonderful thing about glass handrails is that they are transparent and give a contemporary look. This type of railing is ideal for residential and commercial spaces because it is easy to install and adds an air of openness to the room. Reinforced safety glass is normally used to make this type of handrail because it is sturdy and tough to break.

Keeping It Rail!

Handrails often go unnoticed when it comes to interior design because people tend to forget they how big of a role they play in transforming the look of an area. It’s no doubt that handrailing not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of a room, but they also make the task of going up and down the stairs a little less daunting. If you are unsure about what handrailing to install, consider the main reasons behind their use and the general atmosphere of the room.

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