Knock-Off Wood · Jul 17, 2013

Wood Handrail Plans

How to DIY a wood handrail - free plans from

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Author Notes:

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and feedback on our new handrail for Momplex: Unit Sewing Mom. We appreciate your encouragement!

The handrail turned out so well, we have to share the plans with you - as promised!

Now before you start building a handrail, make sure you check with your local building codes to build your handrail to meet codes. We've built ours to meet our codes, but your's could differs - so adjust accordingly.

The first step is to measure and plan your handrail accorddingly. We placed our handrail on top of the top edge of the drywall in the entryway, to finish off that edge, and will also be adding additional trim later on.

If you are adding a stair handrail, also consider how you will be attaching it - We'll be posting about a stair handrail in the next few weeks as well.

Consider how you will attach the handrail to the floor/walls. We built the Momplex, so we know exactly what is under the floor - so we opted for a floor mounted handrail. Alternatively, the handrail could have been mounted on the wall - but that's a different design and plan.

If your handrail is longer than 6 feet, you'll need center posts as well - like we did here:

I'm big on symmetry, so I like to place the post in the center for balance - something you may wish to figure in your design as well.

Also, if you haven't already, please take a second to read through our building a handrail post - there's lots of pictures and details on how we built ours that will come in handy if you are DIYing a handrail.

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