A spiral staircase is a versatile component of any house. It consumes less floor space compared to the traditional staircase. With the development of new designs and materials used in creating a spiral staircase, you have the liberty to choose the type that matches the theme, scheme, and design of your home. Considering you are building your own spiral staircase for budget limitations, you are not to set aside the need to create a stable handrail to go with it. You can create railings or balustrades for your spiral staircase out of wood, iron or metal, and even out of a polyurethane pipe. A spiral staircase requires a handrail that is bent, and this is where the challenge begins if you are not buying ready-made railings. You will need a bending or Tauring machine in order to create a handrail for your metal stairs or wood staircase. This machine is rather costly, thus renting the equipment will be a sound idea.
A practical and creative option would be to make railings out of water pipe or polyurethane pipe. You will not need a machine to have this material bent, as it is naturally curved because it contains coil. The following steps will help you build a wall mounted railing for your spiral staircase.
- Prepare materials such as polyurethane pipe, drain pipes, wood battens, special fabric or leather, electric wires, wall fasteners, and epoxy.
- Bind the polyurethane pipe to the wall using electric wires and wall fasteners. It has to be firmly attached to the wall in order to withstand heavy loads. The ideal diameter of your railings is 40mm and no more than 45mm to allow firm and easy grip. Leave a space about 40mm to 60mm between the railings and the wall.
- Insert the wood battens into the lower end of the pipe. Push the battens in as a bundle to easily fit them into the pipe. Pour epoxy into the upper end of the pipe until it reaches the wood battens at the lower end. Insert another bundle of wood battens at the upper end of the pipe with epoxy poured into it. Liberally pour in more epoxy and let it harden.
- Sharp edges should be avoided, and to complete your railings, you need a curved drain pipe to attach to the end of the handrail. Use epoxy to securely connect it in place.
- For finishing touches, you can cover your railings with a specialty fabric or leather with a color that accentuates your staircase.
Railings are important components of a staircase, and the design considerations should always include safety issues. It you are not confident with your skills in creating handrails let alone a spiral staircase, consider buying spiral staircase kits from manufacturers, which you can readily install on your own, or you can hire a contractor to do the job for you. Take time in looking at various designs of spiral staircases that would suit the requirements of your home. You can find a number of handrail makers that can accommodate your specifications, and then you can incorporate your ideas on designs including balusters that support the handrail, which you could not do with the creative polyurethane pipe railings.