How tall should newels be?

International Codes Designs for newel posts are governed by the International Residential Code (IRC), which says handrail heights must be between 34 and 38 inches.

What are newels on stairs?

A newel, also called a central pole or support column, is the central supporting pillar of a staircase. It can also refer to an upright post that supports and/or terminates the handrail of a stair banister (the “newel post”).

How do you update a staircase?

How Do You Update A Staircase?

  1. Get Out The Paint Brush. Paint can bring about a wonderful transformation and make it possible for you to customize your stairs.
  2. Add A Runner. Nothing updates the stairs faster than the runner!
  3. Show Off The Timber.
  4. Use Tile.
  5. Go Vintage.
  6. Go Open Plan.
  7. Replace The Banisters.
  8. Add A Mural.

How high should stair spindles be?

They can be between 34 and 38 inches tall, have a 1.5-inch space between the rail and the deck guard, if applicable, and the space between the balusters must be 4 inches or less.

How many balusters do I need?

The general rule is that your railing must have three balusters per foot (every 12 inches), although you can place them closer together if you’d like.

How do you secure a wobbly banister?


  1. Steps:
  2. Remove all loose spindles and the banister.
  3. Drill new holes for draw bolts on the bottom side of the banister using the template provided by the manufacturer.
  4. Tighten banister pieces together with draw bolts.
  5. Tap spindles for one step into place, and then secure with polyurethane glue and brads.

How is a newel post attached?

Basically you will be installed an access hole on the side of the newel with the 1-1/2″ drill bit and then drilling a 5/8″ hole up from the bottom. This allows you to set the newel post down over the lag and tighten it down with the washer and nut. Step 2 – Screw the lag bolt into the floor.

How many newels do I need?

Therefore, if you have a sixteen-foot balcony, you will need three newel posts, one at the beginning, one in the middle, and one at the end. But if the balcony is eighteen feet, then it would require four newel posts as the distance between each post would be greater than eight feet if only three newel posts were used.

What are box newels?

Box newels are usually constructed like a box, often having a hollow center, and are usually square rather than turned on a Lathe. Each of our box newels are individually hand-made by experienced craftsmen.