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All the Details on Our Industrial Metal Stair Railing

Our current industrial metal stair railing is always a hot topic when I post pictures of this area. I have to agree, it was one of those “must-have” items I couldn’t live without while we were building this home. I am so happy to say, I love our current stair railings and they are a very important part of making our foyer as beautiful as it is.

Since we get so many questions about this, I thought I would put our experience in an article in order to help those who are thinking about going with this type of railing. Even though it is becoming more popular, it’s still uncommon in many areas. Because of this, I think a lot of people don’t know where to start. I hope this helps!

Design and Process

When we were building our current house, we had a clear vision of how to create a modern farmhouse. The idea was to use the simple and rustic elements that are synonymous with farmhouses as the foundation of the design. On top of that, we would add modern and industrial elements. The most important of these to us was the stair railing.

After searching all over Pinterest, Instagram, and the internet Henry finally came up with what we had in mind for our modern farmhouse railing.


After we had all our inspiration pictures on hand, we then found a local metal fabricator. Appalachian Iron Works is a smaller company here in East Tennessee. They were highly recommended by everyone we had talked to.

After chatting with them on the phone, they made an appointment to come out and measure. One of the questions we often get is where can you order this type of railing. Our answer is that this type of railing is custom made. Finding a local metal fabricator in your area is a great place to start.

After we met with the owner of Appalachian Iron Works, he then gave us an estimate. The price was very shocking to us! We agreed on the price, the railings were custom made and painted in the shop. The railings were made in sections. Once they had all of them fabricated, they came out and installed them. From the initial meeting to installation was around a 3-4 week turnaround.


As I said earlier, we were completely shocked when we received the estimate. For our 33 ft of long 36-inch high railing, painted, fabricated, and installed, we paid $2,975.00. Isn’t that crazy? This was one of the last things to be done at our house. As you know at this point, funds start to get low. So this price was a breath of fresh air! Our custom-built metal railing was so worth every penny. Just like many would think, I imagined it being lots more than this.

As I mentioned earlier, this is something we receive lots of questions about. So I hope this article was helpful if you are thinking about going with this type of railing for your stairs.

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  • Reply Dori Johns

    The railing is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your process.

    December 13, 2019 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    Thank you Dori, so glad youl like it and hope it was informative.

    December 13, 2019 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Senna

    That’s a great price! We paid $4,000 for maybe 1/4 or 1/3 of the amount of railing.

    December 19, 2019 at 3:46 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      Hello Senna! I agree, we were shocked of how much they charged us! We will for sure use them again. They did great work and the price was wonderful.

      December 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply Kim

    Beautiful, my very 1st inspirational photo! I love these. I’m getting some quotes now. Do you recall the width of each piece (1/2 inch?) and the approximate spacing between each rail 3 7/16?)? You guys are the best! Thanks in advance.

    April 29, 2020 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Michael Tatro

    Love this staircase and railing! We are redoing ours and I wanted to ask you what type of hardwood your treads are and how you finished them? Thanks for sharing!

    May 16, 2020 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Yani

    Hi can you provide the railing iron thickness measurements please?

    February 14, 2021 at 1:51 am
  • Reply Christine

    HI! Can you share the fabricator’s contact info? What a steal!

    August 7, 2021 at 3:54 pm
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