When talking about stairs in the outdoor area, it is most often a concrete staircase. It is sturdy and durable and you often meet them in recent years at the entrance of a house or in almost all new buildings. So that this concrete staircase looks cozy and comfortable, the banisters come into play. You can order these very quickly and the problem will be solved. But they are very expensive and is it really worth it? Our answer is – no, it’s not worth it. Since you can build charming stair railings with little care. Scroll down to see the instructions.
What material should you use to build stair rails yourself?
The decision is made. You will build stair railings yourself. But there is still the question of the material. The selection is great and we can help you with that. You can choose between the following materials – wood, metal, glass or plastic. If you build railings for an interior staircase, our top choice is the wood. In interior design, however, the stairwell is often mounted with railings. Today we talk about the stairs in the outdoor. If your house is more inspired by country house style, be sure to choose wooden railing. Dyed in white, they have a charming and warm look and create a cozy atmosphere. They are perfect for the entrance of the house. In the instructions below we show how to build with wood. A combination of wood and metal is breathtaking!
Railing made of stainless steel – assembly with prefabricated kits
The metal railings are very modern and durable. Combined with glass plates they have a very light and minimalist appearance. Of course, you can not drill or build the metal yourself, but manufacturers offer prefabricated stainless steel kits that you can easily assemble yourself. The price of the stainless steel railings varies between 70 and 150 EUR per meter. More expensive than building with wooden boards, but if you mount them yourself, it is also cheaper. Even easier and faster is with a wall handrail. So you only need one piece of stainless steel for handrail. And the assembly takes less than an hour. Watch the video tutorial how it works:
Build banisters yourself – The instructions
The first important step before you start building is to plan the stair railings properly. Railings mean safety, so they must comply with all legal requirements. For buildings with a maximum of two residential units and a staircase height of up to 12 meters, you should equip the stair railing with some dimensions. When it comes to wood the inner handrail must be 4.5 to 6 cm long, filling bars distance at most 18 cm, in children no more than 12 cm and railing height – 90 cm. When you have finished planning, you can start:
First choose the type of wood and the appropriate length, according to the requirements written above. We recommend beech or oak. When everything is bought, you should cut and grind if necessary. The first step of building are the pillars as they offer safety.
At posts of the railing there are also requirements. For stability reasons, they need not be more than 2 meters apart. Use metal to attach the posts to the stairs as shown in the picture. With wood screws you should screw the posts.
Mount 2 more wooden boards in X for more security
These two boards are mainly for safety and stability, but they also look beautiful and form the overall picture of the staircase. They prevent the small children from slipping. It would be even nicer if you choose a different kind of wood or paint in a different color.
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