Top Things to Consider When Installing Cable Railing on Stairs

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Cable railing systems are a stylish way to complement the interior and exterior of a property. The unobtrusive design and unique look works with a range of décor including modern and contemporary themes and traditional properties.

A great way to update your home is by choosing to install cable railing on your staircase. This part of the home can often be overlooked, yet it can actually create a focal point with simple yet sophisticated design. For both small and larger properties, cable railing can really open up a space and this popular railing option also helps to blend living areas and create fluidity between different rooms in your home.

Aside the aesthetics of this design feature, there are several elements to think about when choosing to install a cable railing system on your staircase. Considering the materials, measurements and how it will be installed can help you create a safe and stylish look for your property.

Take a look at some of the key points when choosing and installing cable railing:

Choosing railing options

The style of cable railing may be dependent on your personal preferences and the area you are planning to install it. There are a variety of options available that can be fitted by both DIY enthusiasts and professionals. A popular look includes steel frames and industrial styling, which work perfectly for people wanting to achieve a contemporary theme. Other options feature cable railing with wood frames that help to create a natural and subtle style. If your home is small, making the staircase into an open and stylish feature can help to give the illusion of more space. Cable railing does this by taking away visual barriers and contributing to an open-plan feel.   

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Planning your cable railing installation

There are many elements to cable railing but once you have covered the basics, implementing this unique feature can be simple and straightforward. Cable railing can be a ‘Do It Yourself’ install or you can choose the help of a professional. Whatever way to you decide to undertake this project, ordering the railing is the next step. If you have an idea in mind, Inline Design can produce cable railing to your specifications. Each part of the system is considered from the post and rail spacing to the end caps and post design. By using step by step guidance and providing detailed measurements can also help you achieve a perfect railing system customised to your property.

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Installing safe and stylish cable railing

Installing cable railing is often perceived as a difficult task but if you have the right tools and guidance, creating the desired look is achievable. As with all new fittings, be sure to check the necessary requirements or regulations before you undertake the project, especially if you are installing an exterior railing system. Whilst fitting your system, wearing protective clothing, gloves and a breathing mask is also advised for extra peace of mind.  

There are a few steps to follow to ensure a successful installation and Inline Design has developed a handy guide to take you through the process. If you’re looking to install a new system, take a look at:

These simple yet effective documents guide you through each placement and fixture to ensure a safe and secure staircase system.

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Benefits of professional installation

Some people may prefer a professional to install a cable railing system for extra peace of mind. As railings are for safety, Jad Honein from Inline Design explains that ‘It’s advisable to get a professional because of this factor’. Jad also notes that ‘handy DIY customers can install our designs too but to install a system for example, an Arcadia kit, a welder is needed as the top rail tubing needs to be cut/mitered and welded on the job site.’ Other railing options have top rails that can be screwed into position which reduces the need for a professional to undertake the work if preferred.

Cable railing is an effective and stylish way to complement a home or business space and each design can be incorporated into your existing staircase with ease.


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