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Staircase Measuring Guide

Measuring your stairs can be achieved in 4 steps. It requires a tape measure and a digital protractor. If you need a protractor, StairFurb send you one after you’ve placed your order. You then update your order using the link provided in your order acknowledgement email.

Alternatively, we offer live video consultations that are a quick and helpful way to get guidance on taking staircase measurements.


Before You Get Started

We have tried to simplify the measurement process required to replace your entire stair balustrading. You’ll need to provide four measurements: ‘height one’, ‘height two’, handrail length and baserail angle.

This guide goes through the steps to follow to complete the measurements for your balustrade renovation project. If you have any queries, or need any help, please contact one of the team and we’ll help

Measuring 'Height One'

Height one is only needed if you are retaining your existing handrails and only ordering glass and clamps.

Please note, if your project requires a new baserail, follow the step below.

Measure the same points at three different places on the staircase. Checking for variance is important as over time, the staircase may have changed slightly. Take note of the smallest measurement.

Measuring 'Height Two'

Height two is only needed if you wish to replace your current handrails or baserails with new, StairFurb handrails/baserails. 

If there is a cap on your newel post, measure to the underside of the cap.

The measurement must start from the underside of the existing baserail rather than the top of the baserail.

If you are wanting to fit a new handrail, you must ensure there is enough space for the new handrail bracket to fit to the top of the newel post. This needs to be 70mm width and 150mm height of flat surface.

Unless you have a specific newel post length in mind, we suggest a measurement of at least 1000mm to ensure that the finished glass and handrail height meet building regulations. 

If you would prefer to check the various lengths of newel post available, check here.

Measuring Handrail Length

This measurement is to determine the length of your handrail.

Measure from inside the bottom newel post to the inside of the top newel post.

The measurement must start from the underside of the existing baserail rather than the top of the baserail.

If you have a spirit level, make sure your newel posts are sat vertically. If your newel posts are not plumb vertical we recommend replacing your newel posts and book a free video call with one of our experts to discuss If either newel post does lean, use the baserail measurement instead.

Measuring Baserail Angle

Measuring the internal angle between your newel post and stair string

If you don’t have a protractor, you can still place an order. StairFurb will send you a digital protractor to measure this.

Get a spirit level and place the spirit level plumb vertical (perfectly vertical), measure the angle between this and the baserail.

Staircase Measuring FAQs

We suggest booking a video call so that we can see your staircase and best assist with your requirements.

StairFurb can recommend a fitter in your area who may be able to measure for you at a fee.

It is best to speak to one of our team first, so we can try assist you through the process yourself.

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Are you a DIY'er that takes pleasure in taking measurements, following instructions, and getting hands-on? Or perhaps you prefer the convenience of being guided through measurements by a knowledgeable sales assistant? Whichever option you prefer, we are equipped to meet your needs.
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