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Narrow stairs, no railing now. What to do?

6 years ago

I had posted this in The Old House and one of the commenters suggested posting here as well.

You may read the comments here:

Code would require I remove the original railing in order to install a continuous rail. Since I don't want to do that, but would like a rail on one side for safety reasons, I'm confounded about what to do due to the impossibly narrow width, when moving furniture up and down.

Since this is decorating --- putting a runner on the stairs will also make them safer. The steps are rarely used. Would a bound sisal work? Other ideas?

I'll post the photos again, to make it easier to comment.

I can't believe that, in 1939, no handrail was installed!

Thanks for your advice.

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