Easy Handling: Simple Banisters Made with Rope

At Remodelista, we recently showed you some unique way to decorate with rope; now we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite simple railings using the same material. An easy way to add a nautical spin, each of these looks could be easily replicated at home with some sturdy rope.

Above L: A staircase painted in shades of blue by Jonathan Adler. Above R: Stenciled numbered stairs and a rope hand rail by Bockman + Forbes Design.

Above: Italian architect Sabrina Bignami of b-arch Studio designed this simple staircase.

Above L: A stairwell in London by Stiff + Trevillion. Above R: Black and white nautical stairs; via Laurie’s Projects.

To see more ideas on using rope along a stairway, visit Remodelista. Also, explore other DIY home projects.


Christina B.
Christina B4 years ago

They look very stylish, but all I could think of was "palm burns".

The b&w stairs are beautiful, though.

Penny C.
penny C5 years ago

Signed petition thanks.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

NOPE! Bad idea. A banister by the very nature of the reason for having one is to have something solid(unmovable) to grab onto to stop yourself from falling onto the step(s). There is way too much instability/give/movable/slipping involved for a rope to be a functional banister.

A cute idea from someone who has no real practical expectation for a banister.

By the way folks, something to remember: The house you buy where you will be retiring in should have no staircases in it at all and only a small step(one) up to the front door if at all. Falling hazards are a very big deal for older folks. Broken hips are the number one(not Alzheimer's) reason people/older folks get admitted to nursing homes. Fifty percent (that's right)of older folks who break a hip can never walk again. Only 10 percent fully recover and the other 40 percent have to use a walker or cane to walk any more. That is something to remember-we all grow old.

Kamryn M.
Kay M5 years ago

interesting ideas.

susan k.
susan k5 years ago


John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this unique idea.

Jeannette Gravett

These are very stylish but unsafe - especially for children and the elderly.

Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage se5 years ago

Nite :-)

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Cute but unsafe.

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

Better check with your cities building codes first. These are not "code" here.