Finding a Replacement Railing for a Mid-Century Home

Finding a Replacement Railing for a Mid-Century Home

Sarah Rainwater
Jun 7, 2010

After obsessively searching on my own, I turn to you, AT readers, for your advice on a replacement for my dangerously loose and overly ornate entryway railing. Though I've found a few potential winners, I'm undecided as to which would work best with the simple lines of my modest mid-century home.

After a bit of searching and disappointing trips to big box stores, I've realized that buying a railing isn't anywhere near as easy as buying a lamp. I'd like to have something custom-made, but that means I need to decide exactly what I want to custom make. I love how the railing gives the relatively low-ceilinged space a sense of openness, but with a toddler in the house I want to make sure that whatever I do, the result doesn't present a huge risk of falling — though I'll most likely cover the space temporarily with a sheet of plexiglass so that isn't my main concern. Ideally I want to come up something that feels uncomplicated, modern and harmonious with the rest of the house which was built in 1958.

So, what do you think? Should I run with any of the options above or do you have other suggestions?

Images: 1-2: Sarah Rainwater, 3: Beth Zeigler, 4: Martha Stewart Living, 5: Leah Moss, 6: Ricardo Loureiro, 7: Feldman Architecture, 8: Colorama

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