A Buyer’s Guide To Balusters

Balusters serve fashionable and functional purposes on your stairway. Balusters are sometimes referred to as spindles; when many balusters are connected at the bottom and top with a handrail, they are called balustrades. Balusters add decorative elements but also serve multiple purposes for a stairway’s overall design. First, they are a safety feature. They also close the openings between the stairway’s posts. Finally, they provide layers of style and visual appeal.

Selecting The Best Baluster Style For your Home

Indoor railings and balusters are available in an array of shapes, styles, and designs, from simple and minimalist to elaborate and detailed. Installing them instantly adds value and provides an opportunity to showcase your personality and artistic taste. Classic baluster styles include square, turned, and fluted while more contemporary designs have minimalist features. Baluster materials are available in:

  • Metal: Metal, wrought iron or steel add durability and sophistication to your home. Designs range from intricate scrollwork to sleeker contemporary patterns. They are easily finished with different coatings and colors for rust prevention, longevity, and blending into your architecture.
  • Wood: Wood offers a timeless elegance and warmth. Multiple wood types including oak, maple, or mahogany offer textured grains and are easily stained whereas a poplar, primed or soft maple should be painted to coordinate with your color scheme.

Traditional Vs Modern Baluster Designs

Wood balusters are more traditional and offer a rustic, classic, and warm aesthetic. On the other hand, iron balusters are smaller and colder, but offer versatility and a contemporary feel. If you aren’t quite sure what best suits your home best, let your home’s style help you decide. For example, if your home is Victorian, iron balusters may complement your home beautifully. If you have an older historic home, wood balusters will blend in better. If you are worried about longevity, many wood-lookalike vinyls and materials resemble the real thing but offer less maintenance. You can also mix materials to provide an eclectic, one-of-a-kind design. Consider alternating balusters for a unique design element and eye-catching visual interest.

Selecting Baluster Size For Your Home: Consider Local Code

It’s important to note that communities and neighborhoods have building codes and regulations. On average, the spacing between each baluster should be less than four inches. This ensures that children and pets cannot fall through. Baluster height varies from between 30 and 38”. Always consult your city’s or town’s code office to make sure you are compliant.

How To Determine How Many Balusters Are Needed

The most important thing to consider when determining how many balusters you need is consistency. You want to make sure there is the same amount of space between each one for balance and visual appeal. It is key to install them equal-distance in both width and length. Consult an experienced contractor for proper installation, or speak with one of our associates. 

Improve Visual Appeal and Property Value With Balusters

Balusters are a home accent that adds character and class while increasing safety and property value. Whether you select a traditional or more modern baluster design, enjoy both the functional and safety elements this feature provides. Explore baluster styles today.