What is the standard handrail height for stairs?

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According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements in the U.S., the majority of stair handrails must be between 30 and 37 inches in height. The measurement is from the upper surface of the handrail to the surface of the tread, which is in line with the face of the riser at the forward edge of the tread.

In residential homes, the standard height recommendation is 30 inches. There is leeway to adjust this height according to the height of the home's occupants. Local building codes can affect placement of the handrail, sometimes based on the type of structure involved. Commercial buildings require a safety inspection, preferably before installing the proposed handrails.

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Now if you notice there are children and adults in this world. So one height is not standard. 30 to 36 inches is normal. Depending on occupants. There are 2 standard heights for exterior
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Elizabeth, My suggestion would depend on your space, and the effect you are hoping to achieve. 42" works very well in many rooms, including on stairs. If you have a very large
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going plumb up from the nosing of the stair the top of the rail should be between 34 and 38 inches usually it is 34.
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