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Parts of a Spiral Staircase

To help you create your ideal spiral stairs we’ve listed the eight major parts that should always be present.

Centre Pole/Newel – This is the pole located in the centre of most spiral staircases, with the sole exception of cantilevered spiral staircases. The central and highly visible location has many people creating brilliant designs revolving around the central pole or newel. Whatever the design or material in mind, the newel has to be strong enough to support the whole staircase; otherwise, the stairs will require another form of support, like a cantilever or a wall.

Treads – The most important part of any staircase, these are the actual “steps” of the spiral staircase. These treads can be made from assorted materials and have various styles applied to them.

Handrail – Primarily designed as a safety device but for the designers at heart, the handrail is just another opportunity to further customise a spiral staircase.

Railing Spindles – Railing spindles support the handrails and further increase the stair’s safety; together, they also give further support to the treads. Like handrails, railing spindles are usually customised as well.

Landing – The landing is located at the highest point of the spiral staircase but it may not be present in some staircases. It also needs the support of the newel and a nearby floor or wall.

Landing Rail – Attached to the newel and the landing, the landing rail serves as another safety feature to reduce the chance of accidents. Just remember that even with the landing rail present, it is not wise to lean on it – unless it is firmly attached to the wall of course.

Base Plate – Mounted on the ground, this plate is where the newel is attached. It’s the least visible but also one of the most important, since the base plate supports the newel.

Pole Cap – The pole cap is located at the topmost of the newel, which closes it off and prevents debris or water from accumulating inside the newel.


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This entry was posted on July 17, 2014 by in Guides and tagged , , , , .
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