Are you looking for hanging storage, a ballet barre, or a bar footrest? Believe it or not, a handrail could be your secret weapon. Some alternative uses for handrails can give these flexible pieces of hardware a brand-new life.
Alternative Uses for Handrails
Everybody knows that handrails are vital safety equipment for any home or business. And with the variety of aluminum handrails available today, you’ll never run out of options that match your aesthetic and get the job done. A handrail can do a lot more for a handyperson than just sit on the wall, however. Have you ever wondered what you could do with a handrail besides using it as safety equipment?
Repurposing Larger Railings
Our ADA-compliant handrails are a great way to make sure your home or business is accessible to seniors, people with disabilities, and anybody else that needs some extra support. Likewise, our standard aluminum railings can be connected and installed to provide function and support wherever you need them.
So, what else can you use them for? Aluminum railings are made of sturdy materials and crafted to last for years, and many are modular enough that you can use them for various home improvement projects. Even if you no longer need to use a railing for its intended purpose, you can still find a great new use for one with some creative thinking:
- Mount your handrail on a wall in a garage or shed to create a rack for easy tool storage.
- Mount your handrail to the ceiling of your laundry room for a sturdy clothes-drying rack. Use oversized hangers and hooks to keep clothing up and out of the way.
- Create a ballet barre to practice your pliés, tendus, and port-de-bras. If your daughter desperately wishes she had a ballet studio at home, a handrail is an affordable alternative.
- Have you ever made custom furniture? Handrails can be modified into excellent backs for outdoor seating like benches and chairs and can also be used to spruce up outdoor tables.
- Install a handrail beneath a bar as a footrest or a foot rail.
- Do you need some more kitchen storage? Hang your handrail in the kitchen or mount it on the ceiling to use it as a pots-and-pans rack.
Repurposing Shorter Railings
With a little creativity, you can find plenty of opportunities to repurpose a larger railing. But what about shorter railings? Their smaller sizes provide some big possibilities:
- Do you have a closet or other small space that needs extra storage? Use smaller railings to build storage racks that fit perfectly.
- If you need more storage space in your bathroom, a small handrail can support more than just towels. Add hooks and containers, and you’ll have a new way to organize your toiletries.
- Smaller railings can also help you keep your kitchen neat. Use hooks to hang implements from them directly, or install them inside cabinets or other storage spaces to organize items like pots and pan lids.
- Do you need some space for an indoor garden? With a couple of smaller bars, hooks, and buckets, and some dirt, you can make an indoor herb garden that grows all year round!
These are just a few alternative uses for handrails, and you can find many more with some internet sleuthing. How can you creatively repurpose a handrail for your home or business?
At Aluminum Handrail Direct, we are committed to providing high-quality aluminum handrails that are durable, affordable, and attractive. If you have questions about aluminum handrails or are searching for a handrail system that fits your needs, call us at 417-409-3179 or 888-518-9890 (toll-free) or visit Aluminum Handrail Direct’s online store today. We offer handrails, wall mounts, mounting screws and anchors, touch-up spray paint, and much more. We look forward to hearing from you!