Baluster / Stair Spindle FAQs

Are Balusters the Same as Stair Spindles?

Yes, a baluster is a stair spindle, & we use the terms interchangeably on this page. A baluster is also referred to as a stair stick, a stair picket, or stair rail support.

Spindles actually refer to a broader category, which includes elements in chairs, tables, cabinets, & candlesticks. Learn more about spindles.

How Long Does It Take to Replace Stair Spindles?

A typical replacement project takes 2 days.

Will My Stairs Be Usable During the Project?

The stairs are still usable & safe between our workdays. We leave the old spindles in place for safety reasons if we cannot replace them that day.

Do I Need To Take Off From Work?

Most of our projects happen while home is occupied, so we take great care in keeping our work tidy & efficient. Homeowners can be, but are not required, to be present during the project.

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Do You Do More Than Baluster Replacements?

Yes, we have been providing complete custom stair solutions for over 20 years. Learn more.

Can You Replace the Spindles on a Curved Stair?

Yes. We have replaced balusters on many different types of designs, including curved staircases. One of our own curved staircases was featured in The Tennessean.

What Is a Baluster?

According to WikiPedia, a baluster is “a moulded shaft, square or of lathe-turned form, a form cut from a rectangular or square plank, one of various forms of spindle in woodwork, made of stone or wood and sometimes of metal, standing on a unifying footing, and supporting the coping of a parapet or the handrail of a staircase.”

What is the Purpose of a Stair Rail?

While they can be made beautifully, stair rails are for safety first. The spacing of the balusters becomes very important when you consider children playing on the stairs. The balusters, or spindles, should be placed close enough together that no one can slip between them & fall. The balusters should also be

What Is a Balustrade?

The balustrade refers the collection of balusters as whole group. An individual element of the balustrade would be a single baluster.

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