Railings are something that most people take for granted but they serve a very important safety role and often a pivotal design element in our homes and offices.  Quality railings must incorporate form and functionality, they must be sturdy while being elegant, modern or contemporary.

Hand Rail:

All of our rail comes with 1⅝” dado, ½” dado, or no dado/solid (excluding #23).

#23, #21, #25, #29 Handrail Profiles

#23, #21, #25, #29 Handrail Profiles

Dimensions of rail shown from left to right (available in lengths up to 16′):
#23 – 1-9/16″ wide by 1-9/16″ high 
#21 (bread loaf) – 2½” wide be 2½” high
#25 – 2¼” wide by 2½” high
#29 – 2¼” wide by 3½” high

Base Rail:

Solid, 1/2″ Dado, 1 5/8″ Dado Base Rail

Dimensions: 2⅞” wide by ¾” high in lengths up to 16′.


1/2″, Double, 1 5/8″ Fillet

From top to bottom: ½” fillet, double fillet (sold as two pieces), 1⅝” fillet.


Rail Height:

Horizontal Rail:  Finished floor to top of rail: 36”

Diagonal Rail:  Finished nosing to top of rail: 36” (use a level).

Stair Diagram

Baluster/Spindle – the vertical member, plain or decorative, that acts as the infill between the handrail and baserail (or tread if cut stringer).

Closed Stringer – a stringer with the face housed/trenched to accommodate treads and risers so their profile cannot be seen.

Continuous Handrail – using straight lengths of handrail connected to handrail fittings and ramps, the handrail flows over the tops of newel turnings (posts) creating a continuous run of handrail.

Cut or Open Stringer – a stringer with the upper edge cut away to the shape of the treads and risers so that their profile can be seen from the side.

Newel Post – Larger posts that anchor the rail at corner and at the end.

Nosing – the edge of the tread projecting beyond the face of the riser and the face of a cut stringer.

Rise – the rise of a flight is the vertical distance between the floors or landings connected by the flight. The individual rise is the vertical measurement from top of tread to top of the next tread.

Riser – the vertical board that forms the face of the step.

– the entire structure relating to a stair, comprising steps, treads, risers, stringers, balustrading, landings etc.

Stairwell – the space/void provided for the stairs.

Tread – the top or horizontal surface of a step.

Winders – are radiating steps narrower at one end that are used to change the direction of a stairs through 30°, 60° or 90°.

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