Pipe Railing - Building Railing with Pipe & Fittings
Pipe railing shows its strength in its simplicity, durability and versatility.
- Pipe railing is simple because it is easy to design and install. No special permits or permissions are typically required to install a pipe railing made with fittings.
- Pipe railing is durable because the no welding is required. Fittings are fully galvanized or aluminum. Studies have shown that pipe railing built with fittings lasts up to seven times longer than fabricated pipe railing. Pipe railings built with fittings are also easier to repair and maintain than fabricated pipe railing.
- Pipe railing is versatile. Pipe can be cut to fit on site and the various fittings can be used to design pipe railing for any scenario.
Pipe Railing Styles
Watch this short video to see an example of the many different kinds of pipe railing that can be constructed with Kee Klamp and Kee Lite pipe railing fittings.
Pipe Railing - Basic Configurations
This page was designed for the business owner, contractor or home owner who wants to design their own pipe railing. If you are looking for more customized assistance, please visit the pipe railing section of our web site and we will be happy to provide you with a quote for your pipe railing. A listing of these pre-kitted and quoted railing systems is available in the right hand column.
On this page we will go through several basic pipe railing sections, showing you what pipe fittings are required for each railing section. Once you have the basic understanding of how to build your pipe railing, you are one click away from purchasing the pipe fittings you need!
A Word about Pipe Size
Kee Klamp and Kee Lite pipe railing fittings are available in a multitude of sizes. For building pipe railing we recommend using size 7 or size 8 fittings. These sizes correspond to 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" size pipe respectively. Both of these sizes are suitable for building a pipe railing that will exceed OSHA and building code requirements.
Basic In-line Two-Rail Pipe Railing
The most common kind of pipe railing is the two-rail pipe railing. It has a top and a mid railing and is typically used as a means of fall protection. If you are guarding the edge of a flat walking surface this is probably the type of railing that you need.
Basic Upright and End
|Steel Pipe Fittings||Kee Klamp 10||Kee Klamp 15||Kee Klamp 25||Kee Klamp 26||Kee Klamp 62|
|Aluminum Pipe Fittings||Kee Lite L10||Kee Lite L15||Kee Lite L25||Kee Lite L26||Kee Lite L62|
|Description||Used to terminate the mid pipe rail.||Used to terminate the top pipe rail.||Used to connect the railing upright to top pipe rail.||Used to connect the railing upright to the middle pipe rail.||Used to connect the railing uprights to the concrete.|
In the in-line setup, the pipe railing is cut to fit in-between each upright. The pipe railing is terminated on the ends by using a slip-on tee pipe fitting on the mid rail and an elbow pipe fitting on the top.
|Steel Pipe Fittings||Kee Klamp 20||Kee Klamp 21|
|Aluminum Pipe Fittings||Kee Lite L20||Kee Lite L21|
|Description||Creates a 90 degree angle on the top rail of an upright.||Creates a 90 degree angle on the mid-rail of an upright.|
The pipe railing can be cornered by using elbow fittings on either side of standard uprights (see below) or by the method pictured above where the upright falls on a corner.
Alternative Options for Basic Pipe Railing
|An alternative ending for a pipe railing is a D-return. This can be done with two elbow pipe fittings.||Corners that are not 90 degrees can be made with a Type 19 Adjustable Side Outlet Tee||A corner can be created on the pipe railing through offsetting the uprights from the corner and using Type 15 Elbow fittings.|
|This pipe railing can be easily modified to only have a top railing by taking out the mid-rail.||Longer sections of pipe railing can be joined together through the use of a Type 14 Pipe Coupling.|
Basic Pipe Railing for Stairs & Ramps
Pipe railings can be built on stairs and ramps without the need for bending the pipe. We have several pipe fittings which make it possible to change the angle of the pipe railing.
Stair Pipe Railing
|Steel Pipe Fittings||Kee Klamp 29||Kee Klamp 55|
|Aluminum Pipe Fittings||Kee Lite L29||Kee Lite LB54 *Adjustable|
|Description||Supports a sloping pipe at an angle of 30-60 degrees.||Allows a sloping pipe to be joined with another pipe.|
Building a pipe railing is not difficult. Using the fittings above, a stair railing can be built to accomodate most standard stairways. If custom angles are needed see the alternative options listing below.
Ramp Pipe Railing
|Steel Pipe Fittings||Kee Klamp 88||Kee Klamp 89||Kee Klamp 67||Kee Klamp 86||Kee Klamp 87|
|Aluminum Pipe Fittings||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Description||Creates a 90 degree angle on the top rail of an upright.||Creates a 90 degree angle on the mid-rail of an upright.||Used to mount a pipe railing upright on a ramp. Not pictured.||Used to terminate an angled pipe railing into an upright.||Used to elbow an angled pipe railing into an upright.|
Alternative Options for Basic Stair & Ramp Pipe Railing
|When you need to create an extreme angle consider using a C50 Single Swivel Socket pipe fitting that can be adjusted to almost any angle.||If you need a smooth surface pipe railing take a look at our ADA pipe railing solutions.|
Mounting Pipe Railing to a Wall or Parapet
In addition to mounting your pipe railing on a flat or inclined surface, you can also attach pipe railing to a wall or vertical surface through the use of our wall mounted flange. Several flange types are available for mounting your pipe railing.
|Steel Pipe Fittings||Kee Klamp 68|
|Aluminum Pipe Fittings||Kee Lite L68|
|Description||Creates a 90 degree angle on the top rail of an upright.|
Other Important Pipe Railing Fittings
These pipe railing fittings are helpful for constructing pipe railings. These pipe fittings can be used in combination with the ones that are presented in the rest of the page.
|Steel Pipe Fittings||Kee Klamp 45||Kee Klamp 61||Kee Klamp C58||Kee Klamp 70||Kee Klamp 69|
|Aluminum Pipe Fittings||Kee Lite L45||Kee Lite L61||Kee Lite LC58||Kee Lite L70||Kee Lite L69|
|Description||The crossover fitting can be used to create offset pipe railings. This is helpful when longer sections of pipe are being used||Used to connect a straight pipe railing to a wall.||Used to connect an angled pipe railing to a wall.||Used to attach a pipe railing to a wall or post.||Used as a base flange on level surfaces when toeboard is being attached.|
|Steel Pipe Fittings||Kee Klamp 84||Kee Klamp 133|
|Aluminum Pipe Fittings||Kee Lite L84||N/A|
|Description||Metal cap used to cap the open end of a pipe railing.||Plastic cap used to cap the open end of a pipe railing.|
Pipe Railing Options
Pipe railing can be enhanced with a number of different options.
Pipe railing can be coated with a durable finish. This baked on finish improves the aesthetics of the railing and makes the pipe railing even more corrosion resistant. Both the pipe and the fittings can be powder coated.
Why is Pipe Railing Better Than Welded Railing
Watch this short video for a complete explanation on the advanages of using Kee Klamp pipe railing over traditional welded railing methonds. By the end of this video you'll agree that there's no better way to construct a railing with long term durability.