07:03AM | 02/14/01
Member Since: 02/13/01
27 lifetime posts
Hello all,

I have a quick question concerning proper spacing for the posts for staircases & banisters! The previous owner had them set at 7" 1/2 & 6" 1/2 (L shape) in the hallway and 4" 1/2 on the stairs. This represents a safety concern for us, since our first chid is due this summer.

I was wondering what would be considered as proper spacing for the posts. I'm leaning towards 5" or 5" 1/2, what do you think?



02:04AM | 02/15/01
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
Rather than rip up your railing (unless you want to for other reasons), you could install a barrier to keep you child inside the rail. For our son, we put bought fine meshed netting. I tied it to the top rail and screw eyes along the bottom. The taut net kept my son's head inside the rail. With your large opening, you may need netting that is stiffer. I have heard of people using plexiglass though it seems expensive.


04:22AM | 02/15/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
For outdoor decking my local code requires that the vertical posts be less than 4 inches apart. I believe federal law requires baby beds and cribs to have similarly close measurements. It seems to me that stair rails, etc. indoors should do the same for the safety of babies and small children. As to how to best change the existing in your home, that's another problem. You might consider the PVC lattice they sell in home improvement stores. It comes in a few different colors and might not look bad if installed neatly.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited February 15, 2001).]


06:51AM | 02/15/01
Member Since: 01/15/01
12 lifetime posts
As long as you keep 4" or less between each baluster, your baby will be as safe as possible. My youngest son got his head stuck in a wrought iron railing at a restaraunt when he was about two years old. The spacing on that was about 5 or 6 inches. Caused quite a bit of commotion.



05:31PM | 02/15/01
Member Since: 02/13/01
27 lifetime posts
Kevin I've been researching a bit and 4"-4"1/2 seems to be the norm thanks! I think I'll go with 4"1/2 to be consistent with the balusters from the stairs, we've selected a pretty thick baluster so they will be spaced pretty close together.

David the railing has already been removed, needed to remove it to help bring up a corner tub (60"x60") and made it easier for the movers as well. I would have wanted to remove them for aestethic reasons too! Thanks for the tips though!


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