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Chic handrail for the basement stairway

Here’s something that we all use and yet to almost never stop to think about it. It’s the handrail from the stairway. In this case, it was a necessary addition to a basement stairway. It’s a matter of safety and since it had to be done, why not do something stylish at the same time?

Even though it doesn’t seem like a very complicated project, there were some things that made it difficult. One of them was the very narrow space that didn’t allow the installation of a regular handrail. Then there was the issue of style. Safety is important but this shouldn’t exclude all the other elements. Here are the materials used for this project: a lot of Kvartal ceiling fittings, plexiglas tubes, an LED strip and an usual set of tools.

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The ceiling fittings were used to attach the Plexiglas tubes to the wall. They don’t take much space and they make everything easier. Installing them might be a little tricky. First you need to dig a hole in the Plexiglas and to use a saw to delimit the area. Then drill a hole very gently and remove the small bits of plastic. The hole needs to be oval. Then start positioning the Kvartal on the wall. You can use a string to make sure that the holes are aligned together. The handrail can be used as such but in this case an LED strip was used to add some overall lighting and to create a more interesting effect. It can be any color you want and it’s not difficult to install.{found on ikeahackers}.

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Posted in DIY Projects on March 9, 2012

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Simona Ganea
She may not be very fond of people, finding them annoying most of the time, but she still enjoys helping them from the shadows. Her attention to detail drives others crazy yet remains her most appreciated characteristic.

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