simple handrail redesign lets older users rest for a while when climbing

simple handrail redesign lets older users rest for a while when climbing

a simple adjustment to the traditional design of a staircase serves as a resting place for users that find it difficult to climb. the ‘rest for a while’ staircase alters parts of the handrail to create a seat where people can take a break.

simple handrail redesign lets older users rest for a while when climbing



the ‘rest for a while’ staircase handrail was designed by shenzhen jinwei innovation design company (SJDC) as a way to make staircases more accessible for older users or those with a physical disability. it specifically tackles residential buildings in china that are not equipped with elevators.


the clever design hack offers a simple solution that could be applied with minimal difficulty and without getting in the way of current use of the staircase. SJDC envisions simply altering staircases in building’s where a newly created ‘resting zone’ would help resident’s access their apartment.

simple handrail redesign lets older users rest for a while when climbing



‘by redesigning the existing stair railings, you only need to add a little bit of material to allow tired people the chance to sit down and rest’, said the studio. it could also help to encourage people to use the stairs instead of only using elevators to keep them active. the ‘rest for a while’ staircase handrail is a winner of the if design award for the year 2020.


project info


company: shenzhen jinwei innovation design company (SJDC)

name: rest for a while staircase

  • Need to have little change. Still there is little risk a sitting person can fall, a support need to be provided against the down stair to protect the person from fall and an opening can be made on the other side.

    Sandeep Sahu
  • Very good idea, but the seat will be safer if it’s at the other side. Near to the down side when old people stand up loss balance danger of rolling down the stairs.

  • That corner needs to be rounded. It’s a lovely idea in theory, but in reality, it would be a disaster. The better place for a seat would be out of the way in the corner opposite the handrail. If someone were sitting by the handrail and got dizzy, they could fall down a flight. Plus, people holding the handrail are likely to hit you in the face and the seat will bash everyone in the shins…and more falls down the stairs.

    Jolene M Oldham
  • This idea is good, but needs to modify. As senior people may be not good in balancing their body, they may fall down when using this item.
    This is just a personal opinion. ‍♀️

    Maggie Lee
  • In my opinion, the design has cut off the continuity of the handrail which is a need for the users to hold on while going up and down the stairs. It probably defeat the purpose of the handrail itself. Further more, the width of that ‘bench’ does not look ergonomic at all. Totally will not recommend this design.

  • Interesting but dangerous concept.
    When you coming up, it’s easy to grab into the air instead of the railing.
    The sitting down: It is very easy to falling down backward on the stairs.
    When you are sitting down and when you try standing up, the pointed steel railing ends in your body.
    There are still many things left…

  • This is a horrible idea, creating a break in the handrail, and then putting a seat there. The visually impaired rely on the continuity of handrails to guide them safely up or down stairs. Then for then to encounter someone sitting there blocking their path. Designboom, I find it comical that you would even post this.

    George krassas
  • Very good idea.. but the edges are sharp.. it should be a little curved.. plus overall there are chances of injury to the knees for someone climbing down the stairs in a hurry

    Rohit Mathur
  • This is a great concept, but I have some concerns:
    – old people have weak legs and sometimes they feel dizzy when standing up. Having this seat so close to downstairs I think some could lose balance and take a step back which will turn into a really bad fall
    – when climbing stairs, people tend to pull the rails towards them. With this concept, the rail end with the last step. It might make it difficult to climb the last steps if the rails are needed

    I think moving the seat position on the other side, on the up stairs side would avoid some accidents

    Anyway, it’s way easier to comment than to come up with this concept. Good job!

    George Purusniuc
  • A better design is the left-hand (Up) side open instead of the right (down-stair) side.

    Horatio FUNG

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