Bar Foot Railing

brass-bar-foot-railingA bar foot railing is a relatively simple project for the do-it-yourselfer.

A bar foot railing may be stainless steel or brass. Brass is the more traditional material for a bar foot railing but will require some maintenance as it will tarnish over time. Stainless steel is not maintenance free but is not subject to tarnishing and a regular routine of cleaning the surface will suffice.

There are several types of bar footrail brackets to choose from. You can view Wagner’s available parts on our e-commerce site.

Use these bar foot rail brackets with Wagner brass and stainless steel tubing to assemble a bar foot railing.

In heavy use applications, the steel reinforcing insert should be used in combination with the tube for maximum strength. When splicing bar foot rail, place the splice within the bar foot rail bracket to hide the seam.

Bar Foot Railing Installation

  1. Plan Your Bar Foot Railing
    1. bar-foot-railing-planMeasure all sides of your bar or counter where you will be installing your bar foot railing.
    2. Make a simple sketch of your bar foot railing. The materials needed include tubing, bar foot railing brackets and finials. You may also need tube splices, elbows or wall flanges – depending on your specific project.
    3. Determine the length of the tubing and be sure to include the dimensions that the brackets and fittings may add or subtract from the overall length of the tubing.
    4. Bar-Foot-railing-exploded-viewCreate a detailed parts list consisting of all parts and quantities required. When calculating quantities of bar foot railing brackets needed, place a bracket 6″ from the tube ending and either side of an elbow. Then space equally throughout the length of the foot railing. We recommend spacing the brackets 36 to 48 inches apart.
    5. Place your order by contacting Wagner or online at Note that our bar foot rail brackets include mounting screws for typical installations – your application may require additional or alternate hardware available at your local hardware store.


  1. Preparation
    1. Mark the tube for the appropriate length for cutting. When determining tube cut lengths, keep in mind that the splicing joints should be concealed within a bracket. Double check all measurements before cutting.
    2. Please note that tubing comes wrapped in a layer of plastic film that should be left in place as long as possible during the installation process to protect the finish of the metal.
    3. Loosely assemble the bar foot railing by sliding the tubing through the brackets without adding the set screws.
    4. Mark the location of your brackets with a pencil. The brackets require a solid backing of at least 3/4″.
    5. Carefully read the instructions for Lido-Weld adhesive prior to installation.

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  1. Installation of Your Bar Foot Railing
    1. Once you are satisfied with the loose fit assembly, begin to attach the bar foot railing brackets securely to the wall in the first straight section.
    2. bar footrail TIGHTEN-SETSCREWSIf a corner occurs, first securely attach the elbow to the installed bar foot railing and then to the second loosely assembled foot rail section. Use Lido-Weld Adhesive and Set Screws to attach the tubing to the elbow.
    3. The Tubing is attached to the brackets with set screws. Elbows should be attached with Lido-Weld adhesive and set screws.
    4. To secure finials or end caps, apply a continuous bead of Lido-Weld adhesive around the interior surface of one part and press and rotate the component into place.
  2. Variations
    1. bar-foot-railing-bracketIn situations where you would prefer to mount a foot railing without the bracket resting on the floor, our bar mount bracket offers an excellent solution.
    2. When a wall flange is used, slide the flange onto the tube before securing the section of bar foot railing to the bar. A flange may replace a support bracket if mounted to a solid backing.



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