Fitting a Pigs Ear Wall Mounted Handrail to a new or existing staircase can be an easy DIY task that will make your stairs both safe and stylish. Building regulations stipulate that a staircase less than 1 metre wide should have a handrail. For staircases wider than 1 metre it is recommended that both sides feature a handrail. Whatever your scenario, a wall mounted handrail is a valuable safety feature, and they can be a useful secondary support to help younger and older family members climb the stairs too.
Blueprint Joinery stock a stylish range of solid timber handrails in a choice of pre-finished pine and oak ready for you to paint or stain. One such style of the handrail is the Pigs Ear Handrail. A Pigs Ear Wall Mounted Handrail features a beautifully turned, curved design and is by far one of our more popular products. You can then complete the look of your handrail with end caps and brackets in black, brass or chrome effect finishes, and choose from short, medium or filigree end cap styles to add a contemporary or detailed finishing touch. Our handrails are supplied in 2.4 metres, 3.6 metre and 4.2 metre lengths, and are all made from responsibly sourced timber.
Below are the simple steps on how to fit a Pigs Ear Wall Mounted Handrail to a wall. You can apply these steps to all types of wall mounted handrail; the installation will be similar:
Large spirit level
Handrail (and the screws and brackets that come with the product)
We also recommend having a helper at the ready to assist with the installation.
In the United Kingdom, regulations state that the minimum handrail height must be no smaller than 900 mm. With this in mind, on the bottom step, use a spirit level and tape measure and mark the desired height on the wall where you will eventually want to install the brackets. Do the same on the top step. For longer handrails that require a middle bracket, do the same on the middle step also.
Using a chalk line, run the line through both marked areas. The line will create a guideline for the brackets.
Use a stud finder to locate where the supporting parts of the wall are and where it is safe to put weight and install a bracket. Once you have found the perfect location, use the electric drill to create a guide for the bottom screw of the bracket.
Confirm the bracket is straight using the spirit level before tightening the bottom screw. Drill guide holes and secure the bracket from all points.
Place the handrail on the wall and measure from the end of the diagonal part of the skirting board upwards which will then create an endpoint for the handrail. Measure and then, using the saw, cut the handrail to the desired length.
Attach the handrail to the brackets by using a series of short screws supplied with the product.
With the Pigs Ear Wall Mounted Handrail attached securely, you can now apply a finish to the handrail. You can add varnish, paint, or decorative end caps depending on the aesthetics of your home. Stand back and admire your staircase.
Top Tip: If you are planning to paint or stain your handrail, do this before securing said handrail to its brackets. Not only will it be easier, but it will help prevent getting paint or stain on the brackets.
Below is a useful video that demonstrates the process of fitting a handrail to a wall:
Blueprint Joinery offer a stylish range of solid timber handrails in a choice of pre-finished pine and oak or white primed, ready for you to paint or stain. Complete the look of your handrail with end caps and brackets in black, brass or chrome effect finishes, and choose from short, medium or filigree end cap styles to add a contemporary or detailed finishing touch.