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Basic Handrail Components Made Easy

There are four basic staircase handrail components. They are the rail, shoe rail, balusters (or spindles) and newel post. All staircases have these parts.


The handrail is the most visible and most often used part of a stair. It is the part that you hold onto for balance and safety as you go up and down the stairs. It, along with the shoe rail, basically holds the staircase together. These handrails may be plain or fancy, with curves, carvings and other trims.

Shoe Rail

The shoe rail is the counterpart of the handrail and runs underneath the balusters or spindles and is connected to the handrail by those parts. Generally, it is a smooth piece of wood with holes or partial holes cut into it for the bottom of the spindles to fit into.


The spindles or balusters are the posts that connect the handrail and shoe rail. They may be square or milled into various shapes depending upon your taste and architectural style. There is usually a code as to how close together they are spaced to avoid children sticking their heads between them and getting caught.

Newel Post

Last but not least is the newel post. This is the post at the very bottom of the handrail where it ends. There is also one usually at the top of the handrail. These are sturdy and usually made from large pieces of solid wood.

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