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A guide to purchasing handrail brackets

Posted by Amber Burkhart at

As we've discussed previously on this blog, few modern residences today feature a freestanding staircase complete with parallel balustrades supporting the handrails. Instead, most contemporary homes are supported on either side, or both sides, and attached to the wall using handrail brackets

You want to make sure that you are choosing the finest-quality brackets to secure your handrail, so that traveling up and down this structure is safe. The handrail brackets sold by Stair Parts USA are made in a wide array of finishes, whether you are looking for a simple black bracket or a more flashy, high-sheen brass or chrome look.

Each bracket we offer is measured with a 2.75-inch offset from the wall to support the handrail. This is the preferred offset for the majority of stairwells, as it allows most handrails to stand out from the wall enough for a passenger to get a firm grip while not robbing the stairway of too much space.

When installing your handrail brackets, make sure that you have each securely fastened to a stud in the wall. You want one bracket at the beginning of the handrail, one at the top of the stairs and others no more than every four feet going up the entire flight. If you don't use the proper number of handrail brackets along your stairs, the rail will be more likely to either unhinge or bend when pressure is put upon it.

In addition, your best bet when purchasing stair parts is to stick with one manufacturer to guarantee that your stair rail and your brackets have a secure fit. 

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