When building or remodeling a home, stair railing systems may not be at the forefront of your design list. After all, most people see railing systems just as a safety item. But whether your decor preference is contemporary, traditional, or modern, you can use an interior stair railing system to add unique visual interest to your home. If you haven’t thought much about them, let’s explore all the pieces that make up stairs so we can understand the importance of an interior railing system.
The primary function of stairs is to provide safe and easy access to another floor of your home.
Together, stairs of one or more flights that lead to landings and other floors make up what is known as a staircase. Staircases may be straight, or round, or consist of a combination. From there, a key component to any staircase is the railing system, which often includes rails on both sides of the staircase, but sometimes not. Railings can be made from wood, vinyl, aluminum, steel, or iron. And while a stair railing is a safety feature preventing someone from falling over the edge of the stairs, it’s where a real design statement can be made that showcases a home’s sense of style, in particular through the balusters — or spindles — the vertical posts that hold up the railings. The design of your spindles is where you can bring in that contemporary, traditional, or modern look to the whole stair railing system.
For example, updating balusters from wood to iron is an easy, cost-effective way to give your interior stair railing system a facelift. Add in twisted, hand-hammered, or scroll balusters and you instantly bring character to the stair railing design.
When looking to partner with a metal fabricator for custom-designed and hand-fabricated interior stair railing systems, it’s important to know that they can match your personal style. A perennial favorite in design is a custom spiral staircase. Spiral stairs wind around a central pole and create a circular stairwell, with the steps and handrails equally positioned. The small footprint of a spiral staircase makes it easy to fit into any home design.
A variety of metal materials — such as wrought iron, bronze, and stainless steel — are good materials to work with when starting your custom railing. Wrought iron, for example, adds a classic and elegant twist to an ordinary staircase, as well as strength and durability. Regardless of the chosen material, there are finish colors to fit every style. Looking for a more rustic look? Go with antique bronze or a brushed bronze finish. Looking for a more universal finish? Go with satin black or oil-rubbed bronze.
Whether you’re in need of a traditional interior stair railing, something more modern, or a custom iron stair railing, Mid-Atlantic Steel Fabrication can design and expertly fabricate high-quality iron stair railings to fit any style. Over the years, we’ve worked with architects, designers, and homebuilders to perfect interior stair railing systems.