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5 Alternative Uses of Handrails

Updated: May 27, 2021

ceiling handrail with light bulbs dangling and clamps connecting black handrails

It’s no secret that designers take inspiration from their surroundings to influence their work. Not only do they incorporate ideas and imagery into their designs, many also make use of everyday objects to create the look they are after.  New trends in interior design have seen the rise of handrails being used as a stylish, yet practical design tool. 

In fact, with the rise of the industrial chic trend, we have seen an increase in the number of handrails being bought, not for practical health and safety use, but for aesthetic purposes.


We’ve put together a list of 5 alternative uses of handrails, to inspire designers to think outside the box.

1. Storage

Whether you are designing an industrial chic home or an on-trend store, it is important to consider the storage. Our handrails are being used more and more in the construction of storage and shelving units. Kite Group's handrail systems can be adapted into sturdy shelving and storage.

Marc Jacobs handbags white and blue displayed on handrails in warehouse

2. Custom Loft Beds

Kite Group's handrails have even found themselves being used in the creation of furniture, particularly in the making of custom loft beds. We've all found ourselves feeling like we don't have enough space for everything. A loft bed is a stylish, space-saving solution.

3. Item rails in Fashion stores

Industrial chic has even found itself being used in the world of fashion, with many retailers decking out their premises to make them seem “edgier”. Many fashion stores now use our handrails as an alternative to garment rails.

clothes hanged on handrails in fashion stores

4. Coffee Bars

We have also seen an increase in the number of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants using our handrails to make coffee bars.

5. Displays in shops

The use of handrails to create an industrial feel is not limited to fashion stores either. Many stores use our rails to build shelving units and displays. These displays can also double as storage.

sketchers shoes and shoe boxes placed on handrails

Whether you are searching for handrails for traditional use, or for something a bit more creative, you can guarantee that when you buy from us, what you buy is of the highest quality. We provide all elements of handrail systems, from handrail tubes to key clamp fittings and return bends. All of our handrail components and designs are compliant with the relevant British Standards. Our handrail products are available in mild steel, stainless steel GRP and aluminium. Shop Kite Group’s full range of handrails available online today.


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