Metal stair rails

Dear Local Shop,

I could use your help. I need stair railing and would like to have them made out of metal.

Here are exact measurements and drawings.

I’ll also try to describe the interior environment in broad strokes because that will probably help you create something that fits.

#1 Stairs from first floor to second floor

The staircase is directly in front of the main entry door. It’s the first thing you see when you swing the door open. I need a railing along the open side of the staircase. To save some money, I had a neighborhood child draw what the railing would look like from the side.


Looking down from the top, you can see from the drawing how it will transmogrify from being attached to the steps to being attached to the wall. Wow is right and yes I thought of that all on my own.


Because the drawing may not adequately reflect my aesthetic, I’ve attached several images below of other people’s railings:

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The stair treads and risers are made from settler’s plank which was reclaimed from a horse barn. It looks something like this:

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#2 Staircase to the attic

From the second floor, you can take stairs up to the attic. There are two bedrooms and a full bath up there. The roof has a steep pitch so the “walls” are actually the ceiling and everything on this floor is sloped this way and that way. If you look up at the ceiling too quickly, you will get dizzy and may fall back into the stair well. Especially if you don’t get enough exercise according to your Dr. This is why a rail is needed.

The walls in the attic space are white shiplap, from the floor to the peak, because someone watched a lot of ‘Fixer-Upper’ on HGTV.

The flooring is reclaimed maple from a steam-powered tractor factory in Racine Wisconsin. The used to make this tractor on our hardwood floors:


… and it shows.

We ripped out our old flooring that used to be in the Going Queen so we could install the old flooring these guys ripped out of this old factory. We had it trucked over from the other side of the country.


It’s just way greener that way.

The aesthetics of the stair railings and hand holds should go with the floors and stairs.

These child-quality drawings show the hand rail on the right side of the stairs as you enter the stairway from the second floor. They make a 90 degree turn at the first landing, and then turn again and the second landing.


This handrail, having 3 segments, is possibly 75” + 75” + 35” therefore possibly 185 inches overall. The next childish sketch shows the last segment of this hand rail and how it connects with the railing around the stairwell opening. Yes, I realize this information is really good.


In the sketch above, you can see why I need a rail around the opening in the floor where the staircase breaches into the attic. Below, the same child that drew the railings, measured them. I wouldn’t recommend committing to any final costs based on these measurements because this child has been known to be way off on important measurements over the years.


#3 Stairs to the basement

The third staircase goes the basement. Calm down, it just needs a handrail.


There is a rear entrance to the house. When you step into the house from this entrance, you are standing on the landing. You will have approximately the view in the drawing (made by child). If you turn right, you’ll head down to the basement. If you head up, you’ll be on the first floor and enter the kitchen area. These two handrail segments are somewhere in the neighborhood of 60” and 120” inches for a total length of 180” or thereabouts.

Can you put some quotes together for these? Let me know if this isn’t what you needed.