What Is – A Newel
Newel staircase rail posts close up by Precision Timber Handrails

What Is – A Newel

A newel is a solid rectangular, or circular section of vertical post at the centre and at regular turns and junctions of a rail system.

Newel posts are taller and thicker than spindles, they also vary in shapes and sized also being decoratively designed to complement and spindle design to give a matching style to the whole balustrade [see article on balustrades here].

What Is A Newel? by Precision Timber Handrails

Some Of Our Newel Posts In Installation Images

A newel post can be done in any material, as you can see in our video and picture examples, you commonly have them at the start of a staircase handrail (often in the bullnose step) but not always at the end a wall can be an effective means of supporting the end of a rail. We do have some examples where the newel is also at the end of a rail, especially when there is a turn, twist or a rise/drop to support the angle that the rail has to turn.

At Precision Timber Handrails we have designed many newel styles for our clients, they either blend in with the rail and spindles or sometimes they stand out as feature posts in the rail system; it all depends upon the look our client is after.

On our Pinterest account we have set up our images boards around our feature pieces and galleries. These images below are from our newel board, please click to see others and browse our other boards.

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These newel posts along the rail system support the rail and sections, all designed, manufactured and installed by ourselves #staircase #handrail #newel #homeDIY #interiordesigner #architect
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This newel post (supporting post) is a stylish polished finish lends elegance to the starting point of this rail system of this staircase handrail #staircase #handrail #newel #homeDIY #interiordesign
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A newel staircase post is a starting, finishing or supporting post, also found at junctions to support the rail. This example from our installation is a metal post to with a volute on top at the start of a rail system #staircase #handrail #newel #homeDIY
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Our handrails are made at our factory in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, where our staircase wood-turning business can run your entire project. From precise measurement on site using state of the art measuring equipment to designing it up on our top of the range 3D CAD software. Using sustainable wood sources we are FSC registered and will always advise on ethical environmental sourcing without compromising on the quality or look of the work.

If you have a project forthcoming, either your own property or you may be sourcing work for a client, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please use the contact link below or call us today and we will be glad to hear from you.

So, if you would like to see more examples of newels, and other handrail elements and design features, like these shown on our Instagram account, then contact us today.

If you are an architect, interior designer, project manager or building restorer, please contact us to see how we can help you with your project, or bookmark us for when you do need an estimate.

All images on this page and video are from our own installations, manufactured at our location and designed by us/with the client.

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A newel is a solid rectangular, or circular section of vertical post at the centre and at regular turns and junctions of a rail system.
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