Installing a curved staircase handrail

Curved stair railings offer a certain continuity that straight railing cannot offer. These allow you to create intricate balustrades and staircase designs. The installation process isn’t that hard.

Here are a few tips on how to do the job the right way.

Tools and materials:

  • Elevation drawing
  • Curved handrail
  • Newel posts
  • Carriage bolts
  • Screws
  • Tape measure
  • Masking tape
  • Balusters
  • Drill
  • Miter saw, optional
  • Wood glue
  1. You will need to order a custom-made, solid wood handrail to get the best fit. Go to a local woodworking shop and they will offer you assistance and some may also include balusters in the overall design.
  2. You need to secure the base newel posts. These are important pieces in the structure of the staircase. These posts should be anchored in the floor joists. They offer safety and security.
  3. Next attach the handrails to the newel posts by inserting screws from the underside of the handrails. This will offer extra support for the handrails.
  4. Measure the space between the spindles. The distance should not be greater than 4 inches. Mark their position with masking tape.
  5. After you have checked the measurements, drill holes in the handrails in the places where the balusters will be attached to it. Keep the same angle for the spindles for a uniform look.
  6. To attach the spindles to the handrail use small screws and carpenter’s glue. Wipe the excess glue before it dries.


  • You can talk to the people at the woodworking store and they can drill pilot holes on the handrails.
  • you can also buy a kit with pre-cut balusters and handrails. This will help you reduce installation time.
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