4 recommendations for a barrier-free staircase

In this article, we will look at the topic of barrier-free stairs. Here you will find 4 recommendations for making your staircase safer and barrier-free.

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Handrails

Handrail

One of the most important measures for a barrier-free staircase is the handrail. Regardless of the type of staircase, this must be continuous and not be interrupted, even on landings. If possible, the handrails should also continue horizontally at the beginning and end of the stairs so that it is safe to get on and off. The handrail should be easy to grip.

There are a number of things that need to be considered for handrails:

Height

A handrail must be installed at a height of at least 80 centimeters vertically above the edge of the steps and may be a maximum of 115 centimeters high.

Shape and diameter

The shape of the handrail is usually rounded - only oval or round handrails are permitted on public staircases. The diameter of a handrail should be between 3 and 4.5 centimeters.

Legal requirements

A handrail is mandatory on stairs with at least three steps. If the steps exceed a width of 1.5 meters, a handrail must be installed on both sides of the staircase. From a width of at least four meters, an intermediate handrail is mandatory; this is fitted in the middle of the staircase.

In short:

  • Diameter 3 - 4.5 cm
    Height 80 - 115 cm
  • Mandatory from 3 levels
  • Shape either round or oval for public staircases
  • Two handrails are mandatory from a step width of 1.5 meters
  • 5 cm distance from the wall.

Step markings

Step markings

High-contrast design of the flight of stairs and step markings for barrier-free stairs
Probably the easiest way to create high-contrast stair treads is with step markings using eye-catching floor strips. These are inexpensive and can be adapted to any staircase by simply cutting them to size. Retrofitting is therefore quick and easy.

The important thing is that:

  • the markings are applied continuously on the steps
  • and provide a high contrast to the steps
  • Reflective or dazzling materials should be avoided (e.g. metal rails)
  • the strips should be between 4 cm and 5 cm wide.

Adequate lighting

Adequate lighting

Adequate lighting conditions are important for a barrier-free staircase, whether by day or by night. Lamps should be positioned so that no shadows are cast and both landings and the entrances and exits of the stairs are well lit. Light switches should be positioned so that all users can reach them - the ideal height here is 85 cm.

An additional measure could be LED strips for the steps, for example.

Read more about stair safety here. 

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As you climb the stairs, the TOPRO Step is pushed upwards along the railing system. With each step you climb, you normally push the handle an arm's length in front of you to create sufficient distance between you and the handle.

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