If you have stairs in your house then you probably have or need to have a handrail. This indispensable companion of the stairs is very important to ensure the safety and accessibility of those who circulate around the house, especially children and the elderly.
And since this element is indispensable, why not then fit it into the decoration and give it a decorative function too ?. This is the goal of today's post: to help you choose the right handrail for your home, taking into consideration both functional and decorative aspects. So there you know everything about handrails?
Types of railing and where to use each of them
There is currently a wide variety of materials from which the handrails are produced, ranging from the most traditional to the most daring and modern. We list below some of the most popular and accessible:
- wood : the wooden handrail is one of the most used, either for its beauty, or for the strength and durability of the material. Another advantage of wood is that it allows the creation of handrails of varied styles and shapes, thus fitting different decoration proposals. The wooden handrail can be used both indoors and outdoors.
- Glass : Glass is the preferred material when the proposal is to create modern and clean environments. Despite the fragile appearance, the glass used for this purpose is tough and durable, so it can be used without fear of compromising safety. However, the glass handrail should preferably be used in internal areas.
- Aluminum or stainless steel : Both aluminum and stainless steel are very suitable for handrails, as both materials are tough, durable and practically maintenance-free. With them it is also possible to create different shapes and volumes, adapting the banister to the interior design. Aluminum and stainless steel can be used quietly in both internal and external areas.
- Iron : Iron handrails have an irresistible retro air, but can be used in other types of decor as well. Iron is a highly resistant material and allows the creation of different handrail models. In the inner part of the house it tends to suffer less wear and therefore the maintenance will be less.
- Rope : the idea of using ropes as a handrail is a trend in interior decoration, especially in the most modern and uncluttered proposals. The strings can be made of natural fiber or steel, depending on the proposal. Give preference to use this type of handrail in the internal areas.
How to combine beauty with functionality and security
It is common to look at a project and be enchanted by it. But here the disappointment can come soon, especially since in most cases the project does not meet the needs and style of the house.
So before you want to copy a template you've seen out there, look out for what you really need. And if it is a handrail it is important to consider some aspects.
One is if the house has children. In this case, the handrail can not contain horizontal lines, since this format may induce small ones to hang on the handrail, much less vain and void spaces that can cause falls and other accidents.
Another detail: the handrail must be at least four centimeters away from the wall. This is the ideal way for an adult hand to comfortably hold the handrail.
The handrail can be installed on the floor of the ladder or on the wall, however it is important that it start and finish within 30 centimeters of the ladder. This distance ensures that the whole course of the ladder is accompanied by it.
The height of the handrail is also important. According to the legislation of NBR 9077, the handrail should be between 80 and 92 centimeters high, and in order to meet accessibility standards, it is recommended to install another handrail at a height of 70 centimeters.
Cleaning and maintenance
Most of the handrails listed here are easy to clean and maintain. Wooden handrails, however, require more frequent maintenance, including application of insect protection products such as termites, and waterproofing usually done with varnish.
The iron handrail also needs periodic maintenance in order to avoid rust and corrosion. The handrails of glass, rope, aluminum and stainless steel require practically no maintenance, just regular cleaning.
For cleaning, the most recommended is neutral soap and a cloth lightly moistened with water. But you can also opt for own products for each of these materials, such as peroba oil and glass cleaners, for example.
The price of a handrail varies greatly depending on the material chosen, the size and the format. Generally speaking, the cheapest model is aluminum, especially those with only one aluminum tube attached to the wall. The linear meter of this type of handrail costs about R $ 60 in sites like Free Market.
Wood and glass handrails are among the most expensive models and require skilled labor for placement.
For all tastes and pockets, the handrail is a versatile, extremely functional material that can still be a great ally of the decor. So we've selected 60 images to inspire you with different handrail models. Who knows, one of them fits perfectly with your house? Check out:
60 projects using the handrail in different proposals
Picture 1 - To enhance the gray brick wall, a bright yellow banister installed directly on the wall.
Picture 2 - The elegant marble floor has received very well the proposal of a modern glass handrail.
Picture 3 - The clipping in the wall reveals the bricks used in the construction; are they leading the way to the small aluminum handrail
Picture 4 - The handrail built into the marble wall was highlighted by the illumination.
Picture 5 - The railing of vertical lines of wood accompanies the sinuous format of the construction and also brings some plants suspended, resembling a mini vertical garden.
Picture 6 - The ladder that begins in wood follows with stairs and railings of iron; an almost imperceptible glass fills the spans and makes the ladder safer.
Picture 7 - One way to ally fun safely is to install a railing to climb and a slide to descend: the children thank
Picture 8 - A handrail disguised as a panel or would it be the other way around?
Picture 9 - Iron handrail painted yellow to break the sobriety of gray that prevails in the environment.
Picture 10 - Wooden ladder and rope handrail: a perfect combination for rustic and relaxed décor proposals
Image 11 - The staircase and the iron handrail are the great highlights of this environment.
Image 12 - A minimalist staircase also needs a handrail and preferably follow the same style.
Picture 13 - Iron railing does not have to be all the same: this one of the image is a simple model, but well differentiated; however it should be avoided in homes with children.
Image 14 - To make the railing more elegant, check it with leather.
Image 15 - The modern proposal of this house bet on a handrail that mixes wood and steel.
Image 16 - Black ladder outlined by a golden handrail; the different part format.
Picture 17 - Black ladder contoured by a golden handrail; the different part format.
Image 18 - The snail staircase bet on the hardness and rigidity of the iron and the elegance of the wood to compose a spectacular project.
Picture 19 - Wood and glass for a decoration, at the same time, modern and cozy.
Picture 20 - On this stairway beyond modern the iron railing was fixed on the ceiling, reinforcing the feeling that the ladder is floating.
Picture 21 - Already for a clean, elegant and modern proposal invest in a glass handrail with stainless steel detail.
Image 22 - The railing of this staircase was placed directly on the concrete wall; highlight the material's twisted format.
Picture 23 - It looks like a mess of lines and shapes, but it's just a modern staircase design with wooden railing.
Picture 24 - The small wooden staircase that gives access to the mezzanine gained a discreet rail of metal; however this model is not suitable for homes with children - because of the leakage - and elderly - because it does not cover the entire route.
Image 25 - Industrial trend applied in the construction of the ladder and handrail.
Picture 26 - In this staircase is the contrast between the luxury of the gold with the rigidity of the iron that stands out.
Image 27 - Iron handrail with clean design, ideal for modern, minimalist or industrial style designs.
Image 28 - A simple aluminum tube railing can gain a new face with the installation of an LED strip under it; not to mention that the light allows safer use of the ladder at night.
Picture 29 - Golden handrail to leave the most elegant and sophisticated way.
Picture 30 - The proposal here was also to light the banister, only this time with a pink light.
Image 31 - The black handrail stands out on the glass and at times it even seems to exist alone.
Figure 32 - The U-Ladder makes an interesting combination of materials, including glass and wood used in the handrail.
Picture 33 - The good old iron railing in a simple, functional and safe format.
Picture 34 - Built-in handrail is clean and modern, but it is important to pay attention to the correct measures of the hand socket
Image 35 - The relaxed shaped staircase won a simple golden handrail and a body guard of steel ropes.
Image 36 - Already this other model of built-in handrail was valued with a wooden frame, the same used in the staircase.
Picture 37 - For the white staircase, a black handrail; to enhance both, the LED strip.
Picture 38 - Two staircases very different from yes, but with the same handrail.
Picture 39 - There are handrails and banisters of wood; This one of the image is of those that enchants anyone.
Picture 40 - It does not take much to make a different and original handrail; This one of the image was constructed with iron frames of the civil construction.
Picture 41 - All closed wooden banister with opening only in areas that have received illumination
Image 42 - Go down, go up, go around: the banister of the image is like this.
Picture 43 - A triangle in handrail format, creative idea not?
Image 44 - Metal and glass to make a handrail full of class and style.
Image 45 - The blue staircase follows on the banister.
Image 46 - Wooden banister skirts the entire ladder that is hidden by the concrete guardrail
Picture 47 - Built-in wooden banister: a proposal that can be rustic or elegant.
Picture 48 - From the sea to the wall of the house: this handrail of rope well that looks like those used in ships.
Image 49 - Suspended wooden banister.
Picture 50 - And what do you think of using PVC pipes as a stair railing?
Image 51 - Snail staircase with closed handrail.
Image 52 - Contrast of materials: the ladder of burnt cement won a suspended wooden railing.
Picture 53 - Simple, but that meets all expectations of functionality and aesthetics
Picture 54 - To match the details, the golden handrail.
Image 55 - The leaky handrail received the charming company of potted plants.
Image 56 - Charm and elegance of white handrail combined with gold.
Image 57 - Impeccably clean glass received a wooden railing like that of the stairs.
Image 58 - To break the whiteness of the environment, a black handrail.
Image 59 - Brown iron banister skirts the ladder with grace and style.
Image 60 - A banister that imitates brick: nothing like a creative mind for original designs.