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How Far Apart Should Handrail Brackets Be?

Handrail brackets keep the rail in place and provide stability and support to the overall handrail system. Brackets can be wall-mounted, glass-mounted, or top-mounted on a half-size wall as in the case of balconies.

Wall-mounted brackets come in various shapes, designs and sizes. One of the most popular materials for brackets is stainless steel, which is durable and supports both steel and timber handrails. Steel handrails are also the most viable option for glass and concrete walls because they're easy to mount and dismount, and also have a shiny, modern finish.

Industrial handrails should have posts spaced 1.8 metres apart at the most.  Where brackets are used instead of posts, the bracket spacing should be the same or closer - ideally 900mm apart. This will be sufficient for the brackets to keep the steel handrails stable.

With all handrail installations, the rail should be at least 900mm from the floor or step, while the bracket should sit 25mm-50mm below the handrail. This allows users a continuous and unobstructed hold. Anyone who uses steel handrails should feel comfortable and secure while gripping the rail, without touching any of the brackets.

When determining bracket spacing for steel handrails, the location and spacing of the stud or solid surface on the wall where the brackets are to be attached should be considered.  Metal toggle anchors can also be used instead of studs. Selecting a suitable, solid surface for mounting the brackets is essential to the stability of the whole handrail.

A reliable handrail is made from the best possible materials. All metal connectors such as brackets, nails, nuts, bolts and screws must be hot dip galvanised and corrosion-resistant, especially when used in coastal and extreme environments as in the case of industrial handrails.

To ensure that your handrail fittings and brackets are of the highest quality, contact Uni-Fit Handrails on 1300 904 284 today.