How to Install a Wire Railing


A wire or metal railing can add decorative detail to a stairway. This type of railing can be installed on the interior or exterior of your home. The maintenance for wire or metal railings is often less than for a wooden railing, and the installation process is much less complex. Whether you are replacing an old railing or installing one on your stairs for the first time, this do-it-yourself project will help improve the safety of your stairway and home.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Wire railing kit, with mounting screws
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Pilot hole bit
  • Screw gun
  • Measure the length of the stairs from the top stair tread to the bottom. Purchase a railing kit based to fit the length of the stairs.

  • Place the wire railing along the stairs. The top railing end should be flush against the post on the top stair tread. Make sure that the railing is positioned as you want it to appear once installed.

  • Mark the mounting holes at the base of the railing and at the top of the railing onto the stair treads and post respectively with a pencil. Set the railing aside.

  • Drill a 1/2-inch deep pilot hole into the stair treads and post at each pencil marking with a drill and pilot hole bit.

  • Position the railing in place on the stairs. Align the mounting holes over the pilot holes in the stair treads and the post at the top of the stairs. Drive the screws included with the kit through the mounting holes into the stair treads and post with a screw gun.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are replacing a historical wire railing, be aware that there are many companies that sell reproductions. You may also wish to consider antique salvage warehouses.
  • Wear eye protection when operating power tools.

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