What is a Baluster?
A baluster is a vertical moulded shaft, square, or lathe-turned form found in stairways, parapets, and other architectural features.
In furniture construction it is known as a spindle. Common materials used in its construction are wood, stone, and less frequently metal and ceramic.
A group of balusters supporting handrail, coping, or ornamental detail are known as a balustrade.
The term baluster shaft is used to describe forms such as a candlestick, upright furniture support, and the stem of a brass chandelier.
The term banister (also bannister) refers to the system of balusters and handrail of a stairway. It may be used to include its supporting structures, such as a supporting newel post.
Common Materials Used for Balusters
- Carved stone
- Wrought iron
- Cast stone
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Type of Baluster Styles
- Round Balusters
- Square Balusters
- Face-Mount Balusters
- Glass Balusters
- Basket Balusters
- Twist & Collar Balusters