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Stair Ropes, Bannister Ropes, Handrails and Barrier Rope

Fittings for Stair Ropes & Handrails

stair rope fittings: cotton wound with hemp and satin chrome bracket

We supply premium quality handrail fittings manufactured to our own design and specification. Choose from polished unlacquered brass, stainless steel with a brushed satin or chrome mirror finish, or artisan made wrought iron fittings in a selection of shapes and finishes. fittings for bannister ropes have been designed as staircase or wall supports specifically for rope handrails. Our brackets not only look good - they are also strong enough to bear weight and withstand a shock load.

Our stair rope brackets are available for 24mm and 32mm ropes and a set of wall screws and rawl plugs is provided with each one. See details of these and notes on installation at the bottom of this page. Further guidance can be found on the measure page.

All brackets have a retaining screw (or locking pin) set through the rope which is secured in a threaded hole at the back of the eye - this ensures the stair rope hangs evenly and does not slip when used for support. It also prevents chafing and thus extends the life of the rope. Each bracket is designed to provide four points of attachment to the wall.

Brass stair rope fittings

brass stair rope bracket

These superior quality English solid brass stair rope fittings are made in the UK to our own original design.

Our stair rope brackets are specifically designed for rope hand rail purpose and are constructed using a single solid post and a stem of ample thickness - a great improvement over the two piece design intended for steel railings and commonly used on stair ropes.

We supply solid brass stair rope brackets unlacquered and polished. Regular cleaning will retain this shine, alternatively brass can be left to dull naturally and form an aged patina.

Brass brackets - dimensions

Stair rope brackets for 24mm rope

  • Height 75mm
  • Base plate diameter 62mm
  • Wall to inside edge of rope 45mm

Stair rope brackets for 32mm rope

  • Height 85mm
  • Base plate diameter 62mm
  • Wall to inside edge of rope 45mm

Stainless steel

Our high specification stair rope fittings are manufactured from 316 marine grade stainless steel. They offer outstanding resistance to corrosion and are especially suited for outdoor use.

These stainless steel fittings feature the same one-piece construction and design as our solid brass brackets and are supplied in a brushed satin or polished mirror chrome finish. They are available for 24mm and 32mm ropes and come with a set of stainless steel wall fixing screws.

stainless steel satin finish stair rope bracket

   Stainless satin bracket for 32mm rope

stainless steel mirror finish stair rope bracket

          Stainless mirror bracket for 24mm rope

Stainless steel brackets - dimensions

Stair rope brackets for 24mm rope

  • Total height 74mm
  • Base plate diameter 62mm
  • Wall to inside edge of rope 45mm

Stair rope brackets for 32mm rope

  • Height 85mm
  • Base plate diameter 62mm
  • Wall to inside edge of rope 45mm

Wrought iron

These superb stair rope fittings are locally hand-made in Sheffield from mild steel and are extremely robust. We offer a choice of base plate, paint or rustic finish and stem design available in any combination, as well as the option of ordering a custom-built bracket to suit.

wrought iron full stem fitting

1. Full stem stair rope bracket

Our wrought iron stair rope fittings are suitable for 24mm or 32mm diameter ropes. The standard range comes in a satin black finish with a round base plate and a round-section stem.

We offer a choice of three different heights - full stem, short stem or stemless; short stem and stemless fittings can offer a good solution for narrow stairways and restricted space, especially where an eyesplice (instead of a manrope stopper knot) is tied in at the end of a stair rope.

Image 1. shows a standard full stem bracket in satin black finish. Image 2. shows a short stem satin black wrought iron fitting threaded through the loop of an eyesplice in a hemp rope.

STAIR ROPE short stemmed wrought iron fitting

2. Short stem stair rope bracket

An example of a stemless wrought iron stair rope fitting on a round base plate can be seen in the section below (Special finishes), in a brushed steel finish.

Note that the manrope end knot is incompatible with a fitting that has no stem at all, because the knot sits outside the ring of the bracket and takes up a greater width than is available between the stemless fitting and the wall.

The minimum requirement for the 2-ply manrope knot is a short stem, and for the 3-ply manrope knot, a full stem. The eyesplice ending works with any of the fittings.

Wrought iron standard brackets - dimensions

All standard wrought iron stair rope brackets

Full stemmed stair rope brackets for all ropes

Short stemmed stair rope brackets for all ropes

Stemless stair rope brackets for all ropes

Stair rope brackets for 24mm rope

  • Full stemmed: overall projection 82mm
  • Short stemmed: overall projection 62mm
  • Stemless: overall projection 40mm

Stair rope brackets for 32mm rope

  • Full stemmed: overall projection 92mm
  • Short stemmed: overall projection 70mm
  • Stemless: overall projection 50mm

Special finishes

Special finishes for wrought iron stair rope brackets include rustic finishes: brushed steel, hammered (aka distressed) - and paint finishes: gun metal, antique gold and satin white.

STAIR ROPE wrought iron fitting with brushed steel finish

3. Brushed steel stair rope bracket

Shown here are two examples of special finishes on wrought iron fittings for stair ropes: image 3. a stemless wrought iron fitting in a brushed steel finish, and 4. a hammered or distressed finish on a 32mm hemp stair rope bracket (n.b. ornate base plate no longer available).

The brushed steel finish involves literally wire brushing the steel as an extended clean up operation after welding, and then finishing with a lacquer. The effect is quite rustic as the lacquer brings out some of the heat marks from the welding as "shadows". The gloss lacquer combined with the raw steel produces a slightly reflective surface.

STAIR ROPE wrought iron hammered fitting

4. Hammered stair rope bracket

For a hammered or distressed finish, the steel is heated, beaten with a heavy hammer then painted and further distressed with wire brushes; this takes much of the paint off, leaving only some in the hammer dents. Finally the end result is lacquered.

The gunmetal brackets feature a satin paint finish designed to look like "old" steel. The use of a primer and two top coats produces a slightly smoother finish than the brushed steel. An example of a gunmetal finish stair rope fitting is shown further down in the special baseplate section.

Contact us to discuss availability of other special finishes on wrought iron fittings for stair rope and rope hand-rail supports. We can provide images of various finishes to match individual requirements via email on request.

Special base plates and stem design

We offer two designs of special base plate which are forged and individually cut. There is a choice of square or rectangular base plate, both with rounded off corners. A square section stem is also available as a special option on all wrought iron stair rope fittings.

STAIR ROPE gun metal modified square dase palte wrought iron fitting

5. Square base plate stair rope bracket

Image 5. shows a square baseplate on a gunmetal fitting with twisted stem.

It is worth noting that the square shaped base plate is designed to sit in a diamond position on the wall when the rope runs at forty-five degrees; this allows the rope to pass through the square without blocking access to the wall screw holes, and prevents a kink or wave from forming in the rope at each fitting position.

For more information on positioning, layout and installation of stair ropes and fittings, please read through our comprehensive guidelines on the measure page.

A rectangular base plate on a brushed steel stemless fitting is shown in image 6. below. When combined with the eyesplice ending on a stair rope, this type of base plate can be a good solution for a small or restricted stair well; the fixture stays within the profile of the bracket ring and saves space.

The rectangular base plate is usually supplied with two screw holes for attachment to the wall. The design shown in the image was a custom order which required extra anchor points.

STAIR ROPE wrought iron modified base plate fitting

6. Rectangular base plate stair rope bracket

STAIR ROPE wrought iron fitting with brushed steel finish

7. Twisted stem on stair rope bracket

Stem design may be modified as an extra option for wrought iron stair rope fittings with full or short stems; the image above right shows a 24mm brushed steel fitting with a twisted square section stem. Please note that for the short stem there is no option for a twist, but a choice of square or round section bar only.

Special base plates - dimensions

Stair rope brackets all ropes

Custom made Stair rope Fittings

We can produce wrought iron rope handrail fittings to a custom design by request. Some bespoke work will require/involve careful measuring and considerable consultation, necesitating a specific costing.

Examples of this type of work include: a custom corner fitting - eg. image 8. below, the moulding of base plates to fit curved walls - eg. image 9. below, an angled ring to be welded onto a fitting for a particular rope drop - sometimes used with an eye-splice ending - and an extra large base plate for a specific requirement - eg. image 10. at the bottom of the page which shows one of a set commissioned to cap wooden posts for a garden walkway. Please contact us to discuss ideas and pricing.

STAIR ROPE modified (corner base plate) wrought iron fitting

8. Custom corner base plate

STAIR ROPE wrought iron modified fitting

9. Custom curved base plate

Fittings: installation notes

Base plates on stair rope brackets have four countersunk screw holes for securing to the wall. Standard screws and rawlpugs are included. Please note that whilst these screws are suitable for most situations, it is your responsibility to ensure that they are appropriate for yours.

Our stair ropes, bannister ropes and rope hand rails are delivered with brackets fixed in position on the rope, unless otherwise specified. If you are unsure of exactly where the centre bracket/s will fit to your wall, these fittings can be left "floating" on the rope, and the retaining screws or locking pins which go through the rope can be supplied separately. To measure up for a stair rope, and further advice on installation, see our detailed guidelines on the measure page.

stair rope fittings

Solid brass fittings on black stair rope
Centre fittings left "floating" for fitting on site.

Stair ropes - Fittings prices

24mm Stair rope brackets

  • 24mm Brass bracket - £22.00
  • 24mm Satin stainless bracket - £22.00
  • 24mm Mirror stainless bracket - £22.00
  • 24mm Standard Iron bracket - £28.00

32mm Stair rope brackets

  • 32mm Brass bracket - £26.00
  • 32mm Satin stainless bracket - £26.00
  • 32mm Mirror stainless bracket - £26.00
  • 32mm Standard Iron bracket - £30.00

Special finishes

  • Paint finish - £2.00
  • Rustic finish - £7.50

Base plates and stems

  • Twisted stem - £2.00
  • Square or rectangular base plate - £4.00

∗ Complete Stair ropes price list on the order page

∗ Special finishes, base plates or stem design per fitting - add to standard bracket price.

∗ Custom designs for wrought iron stair rope fittings - P.O.A.

Contact Stair

For more advice or information about our bannister ropes and hand rails, or to order a stair rope, you can contact James Watson directly. Full contact details here.

satin black modified large rectangular base plate wrought iron fitting

Custom fitting with large rectangular base plate.

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