Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Level Rail - Balustrade And Handrailing

A level rail would be any part of the stairway, where the hand railing was level (horizontal or right to left). The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a level rail or railing.

Level rails can also be located at stair landings, when a continuous handrail is required. The level rail doesn't refer to the entire handrail system, just the top banister or rail that connects to the balusters and newel posts.

On a continuous handrail or hand railing, it would be any section that ran horizontal to the landing.


Stair Handrail Design Tip

Sometimes it's going to be easier to run your continuous gripable handrailing around the perimeter of the stair landing, instead of on the inside. Whenever you're dealing with winders, it wouldn't be a bad idea to weigh the difference in costs of building materials and labor, for a situation like this.

To run the handrail on the inside of a winder stair design, you could end up with a difficult hand railing or banister design, making it extremely difficult to build. Instead of putting the continuous handrailing on the inside, it could be easier and less labor-intensive to run it along the outside perimeter of the stairway.


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