Secure your home stairs with an exterior railing kit

Our range of external hand railing kits will help you tackle any stairs, ramps or flat surfaces safely. Made of galvanised steel, our metal handrail kits are designed to be used either outside in a garden or on your front steps or inside your home and will keep you and your loved ones safe for decades.



Why choose our simple handrails?

Suitable for outdoors or indoors

Our handrail kits are made of heavy duty materials such as galvanised steel or aluminium, making them perfect for use either outside or inside the house. They are extremely durable in any weather conditions, which means that they will keep you safe and sound for years (or even decades) to come.

Common uses:

  • To access your garden
  • For your home entrance
  • On stairs, ramps and, depending on the rail, flat surfaces too
  • To access the stairs leading to bedrooms or kitchens

handrail kit for outdoor access
easy to install handrail detail

Simple to install

Our handrail kits require no welding and can be put together using simple tools, usually in less than 1 hr (depending on the kit).

The fittings connect to the tube using screws which are tightened with an allen key.

Our kits include:

  • Tube (cut to the size you require)
  • Relevant tube clamps
  • A hex key
  • Fixings are NOT included in the pack, but they can be easily purchased from your local DIY store.

We've got a solution for any layout

We hold a variety of handrail kits in stock - just choose the kit that suits your layout and order it directly online.

  • Materials: Our rails are made of heavy duty materials, such as galvanised steel or aluminium.
  • Surfaces: Depending on the kit type, the rails can be installed on stairs, ramps, landings or walls.
  • Angles: We hold fixed and variable angle options.
If none of the kits are what you are looking for, then simply get in touch with our advisers: we would love to help!

handrail suitable for concrete steps
kee klamp fitting details

Spare parts available

You might want to extend an existing rail, replace a fitting or build a handrail from scratch. We can help with that!

We hold a large variety of tube and fittings in stock for those occasions when you need to replace sections of an existing Kee Klamp or Kee Lite handrail or would like to build one from scratch.

Unsure of what exactly you need? Get in touch and we will advise you.

Project ideas

Sometimes you're just looking for inspiration or you'd to see how other customers used our products before. To help inspire you, we have put together the following resources:

handrail idea for your home

Questions & answers about our handrails

Can I install your handrails on steps?

Yes, our handrail kits are suitable for installation on stairs.

Depending on the stair material (concrete, wood, brick), you will need various fixings to ensure that the handrail kits are mounted correctly.

If you know the angle of the stairs, go for a fixed angle handrail kit. If you do not know the angle of the stairs or you are unsure of it, choose a variable angle option.

Are these handrails suitable for garden access?

Yes, they are. Depending on your layout, you can use one of our floor, wall-to-floor or wall mounted styles to help you enjoy your garden all year round.

Can I install your handrail outside?

Yes! Because they are made of heavy duty materials such as galvanised steel or aluminium, our metal handrails are perfect for use outside or inside the house. With reasonable care, they can last decades without bending or rusting.

How do I know what handrail I need?

Depending on your layout, you will be looking at either one of the following categories:

  • Floor mounted – all uprights mount to the ground (whereas this is a flat surfaces, a flight or stairs or a ramp)
  • Wall to floor mounted – one end mounts to a wall and the other one to the floor, with the help of an upright
  • Wall mounted – the handrail is fully mounted to a wall
Once you know what type of surface you need to mount the handrail onto, continue exploring our existing kits to choose a suitable option. You can select a rail depending on the angle of your stairs (fixed or variable angle), on the material (steel vs aluminium), the ending (open or rounded endings) or whether you need an inline or an offset surface.

If you are ever unsure, get in touch with our advisers. We will be happy to assist!

How easy is it to install your handrails?

Our rails are fairly easy to install as they do not require any welding or complicated tools. All kits come with the relevant grab rails cut to the size you need and use fittings that attach to the tube using screws. All you need is an Allen key to tighten the screws up.

Watch this video to see how we install one of our popular handrail kits for stairs:

Do the handrails come in other colours?

Our handrail kits are available in the original silver colour, with ST-BLK518 being the only rail we have available in a black powder-coated finish.

Are your rails suitable for disabled persons?

Our handrails can be used by anyone with reduced mobility or who just needs a bit of help navigating a flight of stairs or a ramp. However, for wheelchair users, we would recommend a DDA handrail with a mid bar. Read more about DDA

Are your rails suitable for the elderly or persons with reduced mobility?

Yes, they are. Depending on each person’s needs, you can choose a suitable accessibility handrail from our extended handrail kit range. If none of the rails on our website suit you, please get in touch and our friendly advisers will be able to recommend a system.

How do I measure correctly?

Remember what your Dad told you? 'Measure Twice, Cut Once' You know the the phrase!

Figuring out the measurements for your handrail requires some attention to detail. There are two ways to figure it out the dimension for your grab rail and how you do it probably depends on how much you like maths.

This simple way to do this is to have someone stand at the bottom of the steps holding the end of the measuring tape. Walk to the top of the stairs while each of you hold the measuring tape 1m off the ground. Record the length when you have positioned the ends where you want the rail to begin and end.

The mathematical way of calculating would be to measure the rise and run of the steps and then calculate the length of the railing by the following formula:

Railing Length = √ height2 + length2

The square root of the height squared plus the length squared will give you the proper length of your rail.

What sort of prepping do I need to do?

Whether you are mounting to the wall or to ground, be sure that the area is cleaned so that it can receive the base flange or railing bracket without obstruction.

How do I mount base flanges?

Anchoring to concrete or masonry

  • Align flange and mark holes - Set the base flanges where they need to go and mark the holes with a marker.
  • Dimple holes with a nail set - Before drilling, make a dent in the surface to prevent the drill bit from drifting.
  • Drill holes for the anchor - Use a hammer drill and the appropriate masonry bit to make a hole for the anchor. Follow the instructions for drilling the hole from the anchor manufacturer.
  • Remove dust from holes - Use a air hose or vaccum cleaner to get the debris out of the holes.
  • Attach flanges with anchors - How you will do this depends on anchor style. But if you use hammer-in anchors, then put a nut on the end of the threads to protect the threads while you hammer the anchor into place.
  • Cut off excess bolt - If you have excess bolt that is exposed after tightening the anchors, use a hack saw to remove the excess.

Anchoring to wood

  • Align flange - Set the base flanges where they need to go and mark the holes with a marker.
  • Drill pilot holes - Drill a pilot hole appropriate for the size lag screw that you are using.
  • Attach flange with screws - Use a socket set to screw the lag screw into place.

Hardware

The hardware you use for mounting handrails depends on the materials you are trying to connect the railing to. See our guide for what types of screws, plugs or throughbolts you would need depending on the rail type you are installing.

How do I mount wall railing brackets?

  • Align bracket and mark holes - Begin by placing the bracket against the wall and marking the holes.
  • Drill pilot holes - Drill a Pilot hole for the screws that will be used to attach the brackets. A hammer drill will be required if you are drilling into concrete or masonry.
  • Attach brackets to wall - Attach the brackets with the appropriate kind of screw for the material that you are anchoring into.

Hardware

The hardware you use for mounting handrails depends on the materials you are trying to connect the railing to. See our guide for what types of screws, plugs or throughbolts you would need depending on the rail type you are installing.

How do I attach the uprights?

In most cases this is as simple as slipping the upright into the base flange and tightening the set screws in the fittings. Use a level to ensure that the post is plumb.

How do I attach brackets to the uprights?

This will be different for each kind of railing. The key here is not to attach the fitting too tightly. Attach the bracket or fitting just enough, so that adjustments can be made. You will probably not want to make your final tightening until after the railing has been attached.

How do I attach the railing to brackets?

When it comes to the differences in the handrail kits, attaching the rail to the handrail brackets is where there is the most diversity. Some railings will be much easier to attach than others.

  • Attaching directly to the fitting - Some railings were meant to slip through a hole in a fitting. If this is case, then the job is easy! Simply slip the tube through the hole in the fitting and tighten down the set screw.
  • Drilling into tube - Some railing brackets are designed to connect to the tube with screws. If this is the case, then make pilot holes with a drill before attempting to screw into the tube. Even if your screws are "self-drilling" we recommend making a pilot hole. Pilot holes can be made by aligning the grab rail on the brackets and using a marker to mark each hole. Once the hole is marked, take the railing off the brackets and pre-drill the holes in a stable location. After you have made the pilot holes, set the railing on the brackets and attach with the appropriate screws.

Hardware

The hardware you use for mounting handrails depends on the materials you are trying to connect the railing to. See our guide for what types of screws, plugs or throughbolts you would need depending on the rail type you are installing.

How do I tap in the tube caps?

Once your entire handrail is assembled, you'll want to tap the tube caps into any exposed ends of the rails and posts. It is best to do this with a rubber mallet. If you don't have a rubber mallet, then cover the cap with a piece of cardboard to protect the metal from scratches while you tap it in with a standard hammer.

Case studies

See how some of our customers have used our kits or fittings and tube to build suitable handrails for their homes of businesses.

Reviews

As the original wooden steps rotted I went for slab and concrete steps. My builder completed the work this week and fitted the handrail set for me [...] I am delighted with the versatility and quality of the fittings you supply which made this job so much easier and quicker and I think they look good very good.

Elizabeth

It was getting more and more difficult for my 90-year-old Mom to go from her family room to her patio where she loves to sit and drink her coffee every morning. We put in one of your simple railing kits and now she can manage the steps with confidence. She is thrilled to have the railing in place and it feels very secure to her. Everything worked well during the installation. I'm very satisfied with this solution to our problem.

Timothy

After my 91-year-old father died a little over a year ago, my mother was adamant in her desire to continue living alone on their 80-acre farm. [...] We installed hand rails out her back door, which had not been present before the task was undertaken. The job was a snap, and the Kee Klamp and Kee Lite fittings were the perfect fit for this job.

Kathryn

The rail was for my mother who has difficulty navigating steps. I installed the rail in the center of the steps. That way she can use the hand of her choice. I painted the rail with a black hammer finish. It looks great and is super strong. Thank you for a great product!

Mike

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