How to Install Wood Handrail and Rosette

This guide will show you how to mount a wood rosette and handrail into a wall. This guide gives general instructions so please use your own discretion as far as measurements, angles and tool choice.

Tools Required

  • Drill & Drill Bit
  • Construction Adhesive

Step 1 – Assuming your home is framed correctly, there should be a stud where the handrail should mount. If there is not, you can mark where the rosette needs to sit, then cut out rectangular hole in the drywall that is within the traced area of the rosette. Get a strip of 3/4″ plywood and coat it with construction adhesive. Slip the strip into the hole and secure it to the back of the drywall. Use a couple drywall screws to help support it. Make sure you put the rectangular piece of drywall back over the hole and secure it with adhesive and screws as well.

Step 2 – Apply Construction Adhesive to the back of the rosette and stick it to the wall. Mark the area your handrail will sit on the rosette and then using two wood screws, screw the rosette into the wall. Make sure the screws are not directly down the middle, stagger them a bit because there will be one more screw coming from the bottom of the handrail and you don’t want them hitting each other.

Step 3 – Align the handrail where it will sit on the rosette, apply a dab of construction adhesive and then stick the handrail into place. Drill a small hole on the bottom of the handrail, going up at an angle through the rosette. Using a three inch wood screw, screw the handrail to the rosette and follow through to the stud behind the drywall.

Your handrail should now be secure.

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