At what height should a stair handrail be


I am almost dne replacing the steps to my front porch. It is 5 steps so I definitly need a handrail, but I don't know exactly how high to make it. I have some posts that should be plenty tall but I can attach the handrail at any point along the post. I assume there is some standard height from the stair tread that is usualy used in the US.

Best Answer

The standard is usually 34" to 38". Check your local building codes - apparently some cities specify exactly 36".

The International Residential Code covers just about everything you could want to know about stair standards.