Build railings for wooden stairs yourself - this is how it's done

True, there are numerous models and variants of handrails for stairs. But if you have a wooden staircase that you may have even built yourself, it should also be a wooden railing. There are of course different ways to make your work easier. Here we show you a simple yet safe variant of a railing for a wooden staircase.

Build a railing for the wooden stairs step by step

  • Slats
  • Round wood
  • long boards
  • Screws
  • Table saw
  • Japanese saw
  • Drill (€ 48.00 at Amazon *)
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • screwdriver
  • Orbital sander (€ 72.99 at Amazon *)
  • Spirit level
  • Folding rule
  • angle
  • pencil
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1. Brackets for the railing

On the cheeks of the wooden stairs, posts are required at least at the top and bottom. With a normal staircase between two floors, however, there should be at least four vertical posts. Align these posts very precisely with the spirit level. The posts must each be anchored in the cheeks with at least two strong screws.

2. Attach boards / cladding

Planks will now be screwed onto the posts that you have attached. These follow the stairs ascent very precisely. Use boards as spacers so that the top and bottom of the first board is the same distance from the stairs. Spacers should also be used between the individual boards. At the first and last post, the boards must be cut to length with the saw. That works very well with the Japanese saw.

3. Fasten the handrail

At the top, instead of a last board, use either a batten or a round piece of wood as a handrail. Install this handrail so that your hands do not get caught on your post when climbing stairs. It is therefore ideal to place this handrail directly on the posts above.

Tips & Tricks You can also build the railing from a combination of metal struts and wooden parts. The railing looks a bit more delicate and perhaps not as heavy as it can be the case with a railing made of solid wood. A slightly finer variant is the use of turned rods or columns. You can find many of these rods or posts prefabricated in hardware stores today.