There are two major factors that you can concentrate on to make the staircase presentable, and also one with the interiors. These are the railings of the staircase, and the balusters on which the railings are supported. Balusters stand in between the railing and the stairs, and their function is mainly support.
Though concrete and other materials can be used to make balusters strong, they are commonly made from steel and wrought iron. The reason these two metals are used is because they are flexible and can be molded in various shapes.
Designs and Ideas
Even though most balusters have straight designs, you can always get them custom-made for your home, or use ones which are molded. You will find a variety of shapes and designs in these molded ones, as wrought iron is very popular for such stylish patterns. Balusters look very elegant when they have simple designs created in the center.
Scrolls: If you have seen an actual scroll, you will know that creating this pattern on the wrought iron rod is a very difficult job, but these designs look absolutely stunning.
How to Install Balusters
- Installing balusters can be very easy if you don't have to remove the already existing ones.
- You will require the balusters, the baluster shoes or holders, and a polyurethane adhesive for this installation in home construction. With these materials in hand, you also need to measure and check if the shoes and the base of the balusters are of the same size.
- You can either replace the ones which are not the same dimensions, or if you are installing new balusters, get shoes according to their sizes. Once the arrangements are made, you can use them while installing hardwood stair treads. You will need two shoes for each baluster, one for the top and one for the base (railing and stairs).
- Now, you can start slipping each baluster inside the shoe and add the polyurethane adhesive inside the shoe for attachment. This will ensure the support of these balusters.