If you’re looking to spruce up the staircase in your home, you may want to consider an elegant baluster. For those of you unfamiliar with balusters, they’re elegant posts that line your staircase railing vertically, or they can line the staircase railing on your upstairs landing if you have one. They’re traditionally used for outdoor applications, but more and more we’re seeing them used inside the home. Here’s how balusters can change the appearance of your existing staircase.
Balusters provide timeless elegance that you simply won’t find with any other staircase railing design. You may have also heard of the term balustrade – a baluster is a single elegant post, while a balustrade is a series of balusters and joints that create the railing.
Depending on your home, there are countless baluster designs that will change the appearance of your existing staircase. There are simple, modern balusters and there are highly intricate and ornate balusters you can choose.
Balusters can add great support to your existing stairs – some traditional staircase railings provide only minimal support. By replacing your existing staircase railing with balusters, you’re not only drastically changing the look of your staircase, you’re adding necessary support to keep your family and guests safe when they go up and down your stairs.
The Origins of Balusters
Taking a look back at a brief history of balusters, it’s easy to see why they’re considered a timeless classic. Balusters have a history reaching back thousands of years across multiple cultures. The earliest use of balusters began in ancient China, prominently used in exquisite gardens in the homes of the wealthy. Both wood and marble were used to construct balustrades, with each baluster hand-crafted and incredibly ornate.
We also see balusters making an appearance during the Renaissance. Used in both private and public buildings, balusters during the Renaissance were primarily simple stone balusters – they were often found in religious buildings.
Is a Balustrade Right for Me?
It really depends on what you’re looking for in your staircase upgrade. If you want something with a timeless elegance that calls back to classic architecture, a balustrade is a fantastic way to do that. You’ll get a noticeable upgrade to your current staircase while making a striking change to your overall home style.
If you’re interested in more modern trends of staircases and overall home decor, a balustrade may not be the best option for you. Modern architecture calls for clean, sleek lines, and you may not get that with a traditional baluster. However, at S&A Stairs, we carry state of the art modern glass balustrades – you get the classic design of a baluster and the modern appeal of glass.
How Else Can I Use a Baluster?
Balusters and balustrades are great for both interior and exterior uses. If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your exterior, consider a balustrade for your next project. Whether you want to improve your entrance or add a fun feature to your garden, a balustrade is a great way to go.
At S&A Stairs, we specialise in balusters ranging from traditional ornate wood to modern glass balusters. Some more modern options include glass, wire, and simples stainless steel. For a more traditional look, we offer exquisite ornate wood and steel balusters. No matter what you’re looking for, you can be sure that we have it, and we will be with you every step of your project. For more information on our balusters or to place a custom order, contact one of our baluster experts today!