# How high do you put a handrail on stairs?

## How high do you put a handrail on stairs?

To meet building code requirements, the stair railing should be mounted so that the top of the handrail height is 34 to 38 in. above the front edge of the stair nosings.

## How do you calculate stair handrails?

5 Easy Steps For Measuring

1. Step 1 – Measure the overall height.
2. Step 2 – Measure the overall length.
3. Step 3 – Length of nosing.
4. Step 4 – Depth of finished tread.
5. Step 5 – Height of finished tread.

What height should a railing be?

ADA Height Requirements The current ADA standards dictate that the top of Handrails gripping surfaces shall be 34 inches minimum and 38 inches maximum measured vertically above walking surfaces, stair nosings, and ramp surfaces with a greater than a 1:20 slope.

How do you measure for a handrail?

Overall length is determined by measuring the horizontal distance from the edge of the nosing on the first tread at the bottom of the staircase to the edge of the nosing on the floor/landing at the top of the staircase. The final measurement to acquire is the distance along the nosing.

### How far apart do you space handrail brackets?

36 to 48 inches apart
We recommend spacing the Brackets 36 to 48 inches apart. In most cases, it is desirable to transition the Handrail past the last stair with a horizontal rail of 6 to 12 inches. Some local codes require this extension be 12 inches. Contact your local authorities to confirm requirements.

### How far should handrail brackets be apart?

48 inches apart
When installing a handrail, you will require one handrail bracket at the top and another at the bottom of the rail. Extra brackets should also be installed in between the two main ones, normally spaced 48 inches apart (32 inches for round and oval handrails).

What is OSHA handrail height?

30 to 38 inches
The top rail must be at least 42 inches in height (§1910.29(f)(1)(ii)(B)) and the handrail must be 30 to 38 inches in height (§1910.29(f)(1)(i)) (as measured at the leading edge of the stair tread to the top surface of the rail).

What height requires a guard rail?

42 inches
If there is a drop of more than 48 inches, a guard rail would also be required. The minimum height of that guard rail is 42 inches. The opening in a stair rail should be no larger than 19 inches.

## How tall should be the opening from the upper surface of the top rail to the floor level?

The top rail shall have a vertical height of 42 inches from the upper surface of the rail to the floor, platform, runway, or ramp.