Firstly, thank you everyone who commented on my last post. I really appreciate the time you take to look at my blog and especially those who gave ideas/solutions to my handrail dilemma.
Elizabeth - the minute I read your comment I knew you were right! So right, in fact, it made me laugh. This has now been remedied.
The other comment made regarding this little set up was made by my sister who pointed out that there is no way on this earth that that bed would be so neat if there wasn't a Mrs Bennett living there. Given the space - sadly not and as the bedding has been glued down to within an inch of it's life and therefore unable to be messed up in any way, I added - with masculine abandon - the little throw.
Shannon - thank you so much for your ideas regarding the handrail for the staircase. It's something I hadn't thought of so I gave it a go. Sadly, the pitch and sweep of the staircase didn't make it easy and while I had a couple of attempts at creating the thing from card, I was always just a tad out when it came to lining up the spindles.
Janine - I had looked at your handrail using the electric wire casing and thought this may be the way to go. I cut it in half, stripped the wire from inside and attempted to fix it to the spindles but unfortunately no sooner had I got one bit fixed and was moving gradually down, the first bit popped up and the super glue I was using, turned out not to be that "super" after all. It was at that stage I gave Shannon's idea a go but that didn't work either although I have to say, it's a brilliant idea and would have worked perfectly for me had the staircase been straight. I've stored that little idea away for the future.
In the end, I DID go with the wire casing but I cut it in half again and bought better glue. Success!
It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but it solved my problem and I've taken a bit of artistic license given that this staircase has been around since the 17th Century. I'm pleased with the fact that the glue worked and the casing stayed put on the spindles. I can't ask for more!
It still needs a bit of work in that another step needs to be added and the handrail itself trimmed to line up and meet with the doorway I'll be adding but it's another step nearer the completion of this property.
Thank you Janine for taking the time to comment. It's very much appreciated.