December 11, 2015 2 min read
Handrail brackets are an important aspect of staircase design. They offer support and stability to the handrail of your staircase as well as being an additional element of design. Don’t overlook the addition of handrail brackets as just another necessary step in the functionality of your staircase, but rather see it as a design opportunity.
Finding decorative handrail brackets to compliment your handrails is easier than ever with all of the options on the market today. You can choose from a wide variety of designs and materials to find the style that works best for your project, including: satin black, brass, chrome, nickel, and pewter. When choosing the material of handrail brackets, consider the way it will be used. Study each material by weighing their advantages and disadvantages. All handrail brackets are designed to keep in mind functionality, durability, installation, and aesthetic appeal. Metal materials can be durable and more readily available, but they are often heavier compared to wooden brackets.
Handrail brackets are installed to enhance safety standards by securing the handrail for support. A bracket should be placed near the ends of the handrail section, as well as at least every four feet of running rail. The number of brackets you will need depends on whether your staircase is straight, curved, or spiral, and the type of daily traffic and weight your handrail will need to support.
Brackets should always be fastened securely to the studs in the wall using the proper screws. It is not recommended that you use dry wall hangers to hold handrail brackets. Make sure that each stair rail bracket is screwed securely into the wall studs for optimum safety and stability. Being certain that you have the proper number of brackets will ensure adequate support for your handrail, extending the life of your staircase.
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