Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Easing - Wood Staircase Handrailing

The word easing refers to any type of handrailing change in direction. The picture below provides you with a perfect example of a handrail easing.

The handrailing in the picture above was mitered and the easing was created using regular handrail stock. You can also buy pre-manufactured stair handrail parts to create a similar effect.

You're probably wondering why this is required, when it would be easier to have the lower handrail connect into the wall and eliminate the upper handrail.

Something like that would have been okay in the 1960s, but today most local building codes require stairways to have at least one continuous gripable handrail. In order to create a continuous handrail, in a situation like the picture above, you will need to create a handrail easing.


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