With so many design options and materials available, how do you choose the perfect baluster system for your commercial or residential staircase? Whether you are seeking a wooden baluster, rich in traditional style, or an elegant, modern metal baluster, there are many factors to consider. In this post, we will discuss the unique characteristics of both baluster systems to help you determine the perfect fit for your custom staircase.

Metal vs Wooden Balusters for Custom Stairs

We often say that a staircase makes a significant first impression upon those entering a home or commercial space. One important aspect of each staircase, offering both safety and style, is the baluster system. Both wooden and metal balusters are popular options, and each offers distinct features. Versatile metal complements every style, from curved, straight, L-shape and U-shape staircases. Also versatile, wood serves as the classic option, with a charming look.

Stairs Design: the Signature Look of Metal Balusters

First, let’s take a look at metal balusters and what makes them so appealing. Extremely popular in interior design today, metal fits all settings, from minimalist office buildings to luxury homes.  All of our metal balusters can be powder coated in the color of your choice. Choose from pewter, graphite, black, and oil rubbed bronze. Have a color you want but it’s not on the list? Send us a sample and we are happy to match it!

Several of our most popular metal combinations include:

  • Oxford series with our signature Oxford knuckle, choose from our many different patterns within the series
  • Tailor Bar series with striking clean lines, supported by plain metal bars and simple yet exquisite square look
  • Venti Contempra series for unique, yet clean lines
  • Stainless steel bars, either single spaced or grouped, for that extra clean look
  • Scrolls incorporated into any design as an upgraded, elaborate addition

The Charm and Craftsmanship of Wooden Balusters

Metal balusters are indeed a popular trend, but let us not forget about wood and the pure elegance it can bring to a staircase. From Colonial to Craftsman staircases, wooden balusters offer a wide array of options. Like metal, they are a great fit for stairs of all styles, both curved and straight.

Consider these popular wooden system combinations:

  • Blank, square spindles grouped in threes for a simple look
  • Square balusters with saw cuts for that added wow factor
  • Simple 1¼″ or 1¾″ square wooden balusters, another Craftsman style favorite
  • Turned spindles to achieve a classic traditional look
  • Fluted balusters that would be complimentary to any style

As you can see, both wooden and metal balusters offer great style and versatility. For additional inspiration, check out our product guide for a catalog of wood and metal baluster options.Our experienced team is available to guide you through the decision-making process, working with you to design, build and install the perfect staircase and handrail system to fit your vision.

Are you inspired?

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Contact us today to discuss your next staircase project.