Stair Balusters available from Pear Stairs

Baluster is the American word for spindle, the vertical member that acts as the infill between the handrails and baserail, and Pear Stairs offer a large selection for your staircase. We can offer wooden balusters, metal balusters and more. Visit our online shop to see the different types that we have available.

It is important to ensure that you use the right baluster on your staircase, as the wrong selection can ruin the look of your stairs. Luckily, with our huge selection, you will be able to pick the baluster that goes with your staircase. With our range, you won't need to look anywhere else.

 
Balusters for staircases for your brand new stairs
 

There is a large selection of stair balusters available to order today

 

Our most popular balusters are made from American and European Oak, Ash, Pine, Hemlock, Sapele and Pine. However, we produce an incredible variety in a range of types of wood, in metal, or in mixed materials such as wood and stainless steel or wood and acrylic.

If none of the balusters on this page are right for your stairs, let one of our design team know – we are always willing to customise, and will be able to help you come up with the perfect baluster design just for you. You may also want to consider mixing and matching from our range of balusters for your staircase. Many of our customers find that alternating between designs on a staircase offers a pleasing aesthetic variety.

We produce balusters compatible with closed string and cut string stairs, as well as landings. The range available from Pear Stairs, either direct from our shop or as part of your bespoke staircase design, is shown below:

Wooden balusters

We sell pre-made wooden balusters in the following dimensions 32x32x900mm, 32x32x1100mm, 35x35x900mm, 35x35x1100mm, 41x41x900mm, and 41x41x1100mm.

 

Square balusters

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The square baluster is an extremely simple design, making the most of clean, structural lines.

This type of baluster, while economical, is ideal for showing off a high-quality timber such as Sapele or American White Oak.

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Stop chamfered balusters

 
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Another simple yet elegant design, the stop-chamfered baluster incorporates elements of classical design into a contemporary feature.

The chamfered corners of this baluster incorporate lark’s tongue ends, maintaining the clean lines offered by the square cut while showcasing the quality and texture of the timber used.

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Stop ovolo balusters

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These balusters incorporate ovolo (or ‘quarter-round’) moulding into the chamfered corners of the stop-chamfered baluster.

Ovolo moulding is a classic moulding design which has been used throughout history, going as far back as Ancient Greece!

Stop ovolo balusters highlight the chamfered design of the baluster, drawing the eye to the texture of the timber and the quality of workmanship.

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Georgian balusters

         
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Our Georgian balusters are our most popular style – we sell thousands of them every year!

Modelled after the traditional Georgian style, this type of baluster is one of our turned balusters.

Turning is a form of woodworking which involves turning the wood on a lathe, allowing the woodworker to make perfectly round cuts around the diameter of the wood.

The result is an exceptionally elegant balustrade which adds visual interest and class.

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Georgian fluted balusters

       
         
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This variation of our Georgian baluster incorporates fluting into the shaft, adding visual impact to the elegant style.

‘Fluting’ refers to the shallow vertical grooves which have been routed out of the shaft of the baluster.

As well as adding visual interest to the balustrade overall, these showcase the texture and quality of the timber used and are ideal for use with especially attractive timbers such as American White Oak and Sapele.

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Oxford balusters

         
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Our Oxford style balusters are similar to our Georgian balusters, but feature more elongated turns, offering a subtle visual effect to any staircase.

Unlike the Georgian style balustrade, these are not modelled after a traditionally preferred ‘Oxford style’ of balustrade.

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Oxford fluted balusters

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Similar to Georgian balusters, Oxford balusters are available in a fluted design.

This refers to shallow vertical grooves which have been routed out of the turned shaft of the baluster.

Like the Georgian fluted baluster, this design is ideal for showcasing the texture and quality of the material used.

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Colonial balusters

         
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The popular colonial baluster is inspired by American colonial architecture and incorporates smaller diameter turns than Georgian or Oxford style balusters.

Because American colonial architecture was shaped by the timbers most readily available to settlers, there is truly no better design to pair with an elegant, traditional timber such as Oak, Ash or Pine than our colonial baluster.

For true colonial authenticity, try this type of baluster in American White Oak.

 
         

 

Colonial fluted balusters

         
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This variant on the colonial baluster incorporates vertical fluting into the turned shaft of the baluster, adding a contemporary element to this classic and historical design.

As always, fluting is ideal for showcasing the texture and quality of any timber.

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Provincial balusters

         
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Provincial balusters add a modern touch to the shape of the traditionally turned baluster, featuring square profiled edges rather than rounded.

This effect is achieved using a square cut, rather than turning, to achieve the straight-edged shaft of the baluster.

The final result is a shape similar to that of the Oxford baluster, but with the enhanced visual impact offered by square cut edges. This is ideal for emphasising the straight lines in a clean, simple flight of stairs.

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Twist balusters

 
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By turning each baluster on a lathe to create a helical (spiral) cut, a twist effect is created. This twist is sometimes called a ‘barley twist’ or ‘barley-sugar twist’, and has been a classic design feature of furniture legs, candlesticks and other furnishings for centuries. The design is of Baroque origin, having travelled from Portugal with Queen Katherine of Braganza in 1661!

A twist effect can be applied to any of our timbers, and has a striking impact, as the balustrade appears to have been twisted in place. Traditionally, decorative twists have been cut from Walnut and European Oak, making these the ideal timbers to pair with a twist baluster design for an authentic period look.

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Traditional balusters

         
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Our traditional balusters incorporate five pairs of inset beads into the turned area for a highly decorative yet tasteful look.

The spacing of the beads here gives the baluster a delicate and tidy appearance, ideal for the traditional home interior.

We think this type of baluster looks best when lacquered and polished to a high shine, making the most of the smooth, light-catching curves of every bead.

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Edwardian balusters

         
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With an emphasis on light, space and femininity, the Edwardian style of décor made the most of smaller living spaces and narrow entrance hallways by incorporating ‘skinny’ furnishings, which left room for manoeuvring and allowed in natural light.

Our Edwardian baluster reflects the period with its slender turn of just 32mm, and four similarly slender beads, two that are inset and two that are standing.

This style of baluster is ideal for use in a smaller home, and would suit a stylish staircase in a confined space. 

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Imperial balusters

         
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Our Imperial baluster design draws inspiration from Britain’s Imperialist era, taking its most notable influence from Georgian and Victorian styles of décor.

The turned area features four beads, three of which are inset, one standing. The baluster itself is more imposing than the Edwardian style, with a diameter of 41mm; making this one of our thickest balusters.

This style of baluster is ideal for a staircase which aims to make a grand statement and is well-suited to large entrance halls and wide, curved or T-shaped staircases.

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Metal Balusters

Our metal balusters are produced to suit a handrail height of 900mm, and are suitable for use on closed string domestic staircases with a 42° pitch, but can be cut to suit any length.

The metal used is a mild (low carbon) steel; easy to cut and quick to install with minimal hassle. Each baluster has been finished with a black sandgrain coating for corrosion and wear resistance.

         

Boston balusters

         
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The Boston style, named after the American city, has historically been uncomplicated, and functional. A Boston style baluster takes the form of a single, straight bar.

The effect is simple, neat and modern and lends itself well to a minimalist or other modern setting.

This type of baluster  also lends itself extremely well to mixing and matching with other styles of metal baluster, as its minimalist design will set off the detail in any more complex baluster.

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Beaufort balusters

         
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Beaufort is a historic district in the state of South Carolina, US. The area is noted for its surviving antebellum (pre-Civil War) architecture, influenced by classical styles introduced to the Southern States by European settlers.

The hallmarks of this style were symmetrical and highly geometric décor combined with grand statements such as neoclassical columns and pillars, and highly decorative balconies. An antebellum staircase often incorporated thick handrails, wide steps and slender balusters.

Our Beaufort balusters draw on this period of décor with their incorporation of a simple three-turn centre twist , which attracts the eye without overpowering the surrounding architecture.

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Charleston balusters

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Our Charleston balusters are distinguished by a low-profile , four-turn twist on the top and bottom section of each baluster.

Charleston is another historic district in the state of South Carolina which is influenced, like the Beaufort style, by the neo-classical architecture introduced via European settlers.

Our Charleston balusters are perfect for mixing and matching with other styles of baluster, particularly those which incorporate more decorative designs.

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Madison balusters

         
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Madison balusters  incorporate the same simple, wide-profiled style of twist as the Beaufort baluster, but feature a pair of two-turn twists at the top and bottom sections of the baluster, as opposed to the Beaufort baluster’s single three-turn centre twist.

The subtle design of this baluster is again ideal for mixing and matching with more decorative balusters but can also make a truly elegant statement when used as the only type of baluster on a staircase.

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Edisto metal balusters

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The Edisto style takes its inspiration from the South Carolinian island of Edisto, and so reflects a similar influence to the Beaufort, Charleston and Madison styles.

This is one of our most striking metal balusters . Decorative cages adorn the top and bottom sections of the Edisto baluster, framing a low profile four-turn twist at the centre.

We suggest mixing and matching this style alternately with a baluster of a less complex design to add visual variety to a staircase.

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Savannah metal balusters

         
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The Savannah metal spindle reverses the design of the Edisto baluster , featuring a central cage which is framed by two low-profile, four-turn twists at the top and bottom sections.

The effect is a somewhat toned-down variation on the Edisto style, which looks elegant as the sole type of baluster in a balustrade, or when combined with other types of baluster.

For a visually arresting balustrade, why not try alternating between the Savannah and Edisto style? The result is a stylish pattern of cages throughout the balustrade.

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Spiral balusters

         
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Spiral balusters are available with either a single or double twist. Where only a single twist is incorporated, it is positioned at the centre of the shaft. Where a double twist is used, the two twists are positioned at the top and bottom sections of the shaft.

Each twist features two turns. The remainder of the baluster also curved lightly, giving a sense of fluidity over the whole.

The effect of this design can be enhanced by combining both single and double twist spiral balusters in the same balustrade, giving a balanced finish.

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Stainless steel balusters

         

We offer stainless steel and stainless steel-look balusters in either a chrome plated or brushed nickel finish. All of these balusters benefit from simple, contemporary designs, as shown below. We recommend using only one kind of stainless steel or stainless steel-look balusters, rather than alternating with another style, for a clean, simple and contemporary finish.

         

Chrome plated balusters

         
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Chrome plating is often simply called chrome and is a technique in which a layer of chromium is electroplated onto the baluster during production.

A chrome finish is desirable for its high-shine, reflective finish, and offers increased corrosion resistance.

Balusters of this type are produced from a lower grade steel; the cosmetic addition of Chrome plating makes the use of a more expensive, high-grade steel unnecessary, as the surface of the steel itself will not be visible.

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Brushed nickel balusters

         
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These balusters are made of nickel instead of steel. Nickel is a silver-white metal which is hard and performs very well under tensile stress (stretching or deforming).

During manufacture, the surface of each baluster is brushed to a matte or ‘satin’ finish, then softened by buffing away sharp burrs using an abrasive pad.

Brushed metal surfaces retain their shine, and gain an attractive pattern of fine lines matching the direction of brushing. Some may find them more pleasant to the touch, due to their soft texture.

Brushed Nickel balusters may corrode more easily than Chrome Plated or Stainless Steel balusters, as the texture makes it easier for fluids to remain on the surface.

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Mixed material balusters

         

Wood and brushed stainless steel balusters

         
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This baluster design combines traditional square-cut timber sections at the top and bottom and a brushed stainless steel shaft.

The stainless steel section of each baluster has been brushed to a satin finish using a grit belt or wheel, and softened by buffing away sharp burrs using an abrasive pad. The resulting finish is soft to the touch and covered by an attractive pattern of fine lines.

Brushed stainless steel corrodes more easily than polished stainless steel, so be careful not to let these balusters get wet!

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Ikon (turned wood and stainless steel balusters)

 
           
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The Ikon baluster combines traditionally turned top and bottom sections and central stainless steel rods.

The stainless steel rods that comprise the central shaft of each baluster are polished to a high shine.

The combined style of the Ikon baluster is designed to appeal to both modern and traditional design sensibilities. We suggest using this type of baluster to bring a traditional home up to date, or to add a touch of classic style to a modern setting.

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