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We supply high quality polished brass and chrome stair rope brackets manufactured to our own design. Wrought iron stair rope fittings are individually made, and may be ordered in a choice of heights with a variety of finishes, base plates and stem design.

stair rope fittings 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.

All our stair rope 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.

Choose between brass, chrome, satin chrome or wrought iron stair rope fittings - see images below of the different kinds of stair rope brackets available.

Brass and chrome plated stair rope fittings are cast in solid brass and have been manufactured to high specification - exclusively produced for us to our original design.

The construction of our polished brass and chrome plated stair rope brackets incorporates a single solid post, and is an improvement over the two piece design intended for steel railings and commonly used for stair ropes. They are available to order in the following finishes: polished brass, mirror chrome plated or satin chrome plated.

brass stair rope bracket
chrome stair rope bracket
satin chrome stair rope bracket

   Brass bracket

          Mirror chromed bracket

Satin chromed bracket

Brass and chrome brackets - dimensions

Stair rope brackets for 24mm rope
  • Eye internal diameter 27mm
  • Height 73mm
  • Base plate diameter 62mm
  • Wall to inside edge of rope 42mm
  • Eye width (along rope) 16mm
Stair rope brackets for 32mm rope
  • Eye internal diameter 35mm
  • Height 85mm
  • Base plate diameter 62mm
  • Wall to inside edge of rope 44mm
  • Eye width (along rope) 18mm

Wrought iron

These superb stair rope brackets are hand-made locally from mild steel and are extremely robust. The range offers a choice of base plate, paint or rustic finish and stem design, available in any combination. All our wrought iron stair rope fittings are suitable for 24mm or 32mm diameter ropes.

Standard wrought iron stair rope fittings come in a satin black finish with a round base plate and a round-section stem. They may be ordered at 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.

Note that the MANROPE 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 knot is a short stem, and for the 3-ply knot, a full stem. The EYESPLICE ending works with any of the fittings.

The image on the left (below) is of a standard full stem bracket in satin black finish.On the right the image shows a short stem satin black wrought iron fitting threaded through the loop of an eyesplice in a hemp rope. An example of a stemless wrought iron stair rope fitting can be seen in the section below, with a brushed steel finish.

wrought iron full stem fitting

Full stem stair rope bracket

STAIR ROPE short stemmed wrought iron fitting

Short stem stair rope bracket

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
  • Eye internal diameter 27mm
  • Full stemmed: height of fitting 84mm
  • Short stemmed: height of fitting 60mm
  • Stemless: height of fitting 40mm
Stair rope brackets for 32mm rope
  • Eye internal diameter 34mm
  • Full stemmed: height of fitting 92mm
  • Short stemmed: height of fitting 68mm
  • Stemless: height of fitting 58mm

Special finishes

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

Shown below are two examples of special finishes for wrought iron fittings on hemp stair ropes: left, a stemless wrought iron fitting in a brushed steel finish, and right: a hammered or distressed finish on a 32mm 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.

For a hammered or distressed finish, the steel is heated and then 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.

STAIR ROPE wrought iron fitting with brushed steel finish

Brushed steel stair rope bracket

STAIR ROPE wrought iron hammered fitting

Hammered stair rope bracket

The gunmetal finish is a satin paint finish on the steel. The paint is the colour of "old" steel. We use a primer and two top coats which makes for 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.

Please 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 a square or a 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.

The images below show, left: a rectangular base plate on a brushed steel stemless fitting which has been made for an eyesplice, and right: 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 guidelines on the MEASURE page.

STAIR ROPE wrought iron modified base plate fitting

Rectangular base plate stair rope bracket

STAIR ROPE gun metal modified square dase palte wrought iron fitting

Square base plate 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 below 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.

STAIR ROPE wrought iron fitting with brushed steel finish

Twisted stem on stair rope bracket

Special base plates - dimensions

Stair rope brackets for 24mm rope
  • Square plate: 50mm sq.
  • Square plate screw holes in square of 30mm
  • Rectangular plate: 30 x 75 mm
  • Rectangular plate screw holes in line
Stair rope brackets for 32mm rope
  • Square plate: 75mm sq.
  • Square plate screw holes in square of 50mm
  • Rectangular plate: 30 x 75 mm
  • Rectangular plate screw holes in line

Custom made stair rope fittings

Some bespoke work will require/involve careful measuring and considerable consultation, necesitating a specific costing.

Examples of this type of work include: the moulding of base plates to fit curved walls (image right, below), a custom corner fitting (image left, below), an angled ring to be welded onto a fitting for a particular rope drop - sometimes used with an eyesplice ending - and an extra large base plate for a specific requirement (below: 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

Custom corner base plate

STAIR ROPE wrought iron modified fitting

Custom curved base plate

Fittings: installation notes

Base plates on all stair rope brackets have four countersunk screw holes for securing to the wall. 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.

∗ For chromed stair rope fittings, we provide zinc plated posidrive 'eights' (38mm/1.5 inch long) - yellow passivated for brass brackets.

∗ For wrought iron stair rope brackets, we provide 4 x 40mm posidrives with screw heads in matching finish.

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/Chromed bracket - £16.00
  • 24mm Standard Iron bracket - £28.00
32mm Stair rope brackets
  • 32mm Brass/Chromed bracket - £19.50
  • 32mm Standard Iron bracket - £30.00


  • Paint finish - £1.00
  • Rustic finish - £3.00
  • Square or twisted stem - £1.00
  • Square or rectangular base plate - £4.00


Complete Stair ropes price list (and printable p.d.f.) on our ORDER page

Contact Stair

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


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satin black modified large rectangular base plate wrought iron fitting

Custom fitting with large rectangular base plate.

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