A DIY Handrail from a Peeled Tree Branch

Recently, the editors of Remodelista posted on the guest rooms at Table on Ten in upstate New York. The detail they most admired? A graceful tree branch used as a handrail in the attic stairwell.

The biggest challenge, of course, is finding a perfectly formed branch (walks in the woods will be required). You’ll need to remove the bark with a draw knife, dry the branch for a couple of weeks, sand it, and finish it with oil (or another natural conditioner and protectant).

Above: The owners of Table on Ten painted a dark gray runner on the stairs.

Above: The look is graceful and organic.

Above: A detail of the finished handrail.

Above: The hand rail blends in with the rest of the room’s natural decor.

Branches can make surprisingly good sources for decor. To see other examples, visit Remodelista‘s posts Trees & Branches as Decor and DIY: Branch Light.


Autumn S.
Autumn S4 years ago

I love this idea !

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Genoveva M.
Genoveva M4 years ago

So beautiful, thanks.

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

Beautiful accent piece.

Michael H.
Mike H4 years ago

thanks for posting

Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Good idea!
Thank you.

Karen Gee4 years ago


GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D4 years ago

As long as the branches are among the fallen, it's okay to use. However, we need all the live trees we can get.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Not 4 my home but I like it 4 the cottage instead! thanks

Jeni P.
Jeni P4 years ago

i love this idea but not ideal for where i live...but thanks for sharing