Thursday, October 10, 2013

It's in the Details: Rope & Pipe Handrails

I realize I may stand alone in my love of funky handrails, and that's okay. It's been a very divisive topic at my house, especially the rope versions, so it won't hurt my feelings if you think I'm not quite right in the head.

But really, people. Rope and pipe handrails. I feel like they can work. Don't get me wrong, I feel like sometimes they don't. But they can. And when they do, they're fabulous. Let's look at some that work. (In my opinion, not my husband's!)

via Houzz

C designs via desire to inspire

I love quirky, unexpected touches like this. And these are obviously not for everyone, but I love the look of both of them in the right space.

How do we feel about this? I can handle it, so be honest!


  1. I LOVE them and think they can work! I have an old oar as a handrail.

    As long as its anchored to the wall well it should work.

    Functional and looks good.

  2. I love the pipes especially, but both are really cool!

  3. I really liked the galvanized pipes with the board & batten treatment. I think pretty much anything can work as a functional railing as long as it's anchored well, and makes sense in the context of the room.

  4. As long as it goes with the context of the house, I'm all for it. I'd LOVE a rope handrail, but I can't see it looking appropriate in our little bungalow in the middle of Kansas wheat country!

  5. I love every last one of them. And I agree with everyone else--in the right context, they're wonderful, imaginative and unique. I am also partial to the ones with pipes because they seem to go with a wider variety of styles.

  6. I agree, in all the photos you showed, it works FANTASTIC! I sadly don't think it would work in my little suburban house but if I had a cottage......:-)


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