Designing the right railings for stairs in your home is important for interior design aesthetics as well as safety when using stairs. Most of the stair railing matches the color, material and style of the stairs. But some go a bit more out of the box and still work. There are a variety of handrails that can be installed, depending on what type of stairs that will be attached to them. With wooden stairs, a sturdy wooden railing made of a similar color or type of wood is popular.
Oak is a popular choice of wood as it is sturdy and helps to hold the balustrade, the upright spindles or slats, of the staircase. The stair railing parts should be strong enough to support an adult man putting his weight on it. It should also be thick enough for someone to just wrap their hand over the top. The balustrade can be thick or thin pieces of wood, depending on the look you want. However, the thinner pieces will mean more will be needed to support the rail.
Metal railings are very sturdy, but not necessarily the elegance that a wood or wood and metal railing can have. All metal railings should only be used on stairs made of different materials from wood or on all metal stairs, such as spiral staircases, which are known for thin, metal railings. Metal railings can be as simple as a metal bar connected to thin metal supports. These metal railings offer an economical but effective option for metal stairs. Many metal stair railing parts are simple, modern designs that look good in contemporary homes.