Continuous Stairway Handrailing

Today's building codes require most stairways to have at least one gripable handrail that runs the continuous length of the stairway and extends at least 12 inches past the lower and upper steps.

The end of the handrailing shall return into the wall or terminate into a new post. This is to prevent loose clothing, purses or other objects from getting caught at the end of an open handrail.

There is an exception, no handrail extensions are required for private stairs.

In the picture above, the stair handrailing runs continuous or the entire length of the stairway. Since it falls under the exception, the handrailing does not extend past the lower or upper stair treads, 12 inches.

Special Note: You're going to find this hard to believe, this individual house had a continuous handrail, but the house next to it did not. Again, check with your local Building and Safety Department, before you build anything.

Lower Handrailing Section

Upper Handrailing Section

Attention: Don't forget to check with your local building department to verify any building codes on this website. This information could be incorrect or outdated.

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