When constructing stairs, handrail height should be no less than 34 inches and no more than 38 inches in height. Starting at the top of the stair nosing and running an imaginary vertical line upward until it reaches the top of the railing is the method for measuring this distance.
How high should a handrail be on a landing?
The height of the handrail on a landing should be the same as the height of the handrail on a staircase—900mm and 1000mm above floor level, respectively—rather than the pitch of the steps. What additional construction codes and regulations apply to the components of a staircase?
Can a stair rail be used as a handrail?
As a handrail, the top rail of these stair rail systems is permitted to be 36 to 38 inches in height (as measured from the leading edge of the stair tread to the top surface of the top rail) and fulfills all other handrail criteria in 1910.29 of the International Building Code (f).