What Is – A Spindle?
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What Is – A Spindle?

A spindle, is a turned, carved or otherwise vertical pillar placed between the handrail and the stair-tread or stringer. Spindles have a variety of purposes, such as supporting the handrail at a suitable height, closing the gaps between posts (newel) and adding decorative features to the staircase.

Spindles come in many different shapes and styles, but they are usually made from metal or timber. The design ranges go from classic, contemporary and traditional. Our machine capabilities allow us to manufacture spindles in large batches or in small bespoke design runs that suit your exact requirements.

What Is A Spindle? by Precision Timber Handrails

Some Of Our Spindle Installation Images

Spindles have certain requirements that are needed to be met to pass building regulations. The height of a handrail is required to be at least 900mm from the tread, putting a minimum height restriction on staircase spindles. The gap between spindles must not be greater than 100mm and a spindle must be able to withstand a force of 0.25kN.

Spindles that have been part of a staircase for a considerable amount of time may have become victim to damage or aging. Our services include renovation on existing spindles, our design team are able to replicate existing spindles and produce brand new like for like spindles.

At Precision Timber Handrails we have designed many spindle styles for bespoke and regular installations, we ‘design in’ the correct height and strength. They are all done to the clients requirement and using our skill in knowing how to then manufacture and installation.

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

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These square spindles lend a linear appearance to this staircase handrail installation #staircase #handrail #interiordesigner #woodwork #homeDIY #spindles #balustrades
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These wooden staircase handrail spindles are made using a circular design, with a simple clean finish to lend elegance to this installation #staircase #handrail #woodwork #spindle
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Our staircase spindles installed in a manor house showing mixed material use, spindles with a mixed design to create a pattern in keeping with the building #staircase #handrail #spindle #balustrade #woodwork #staircasedesigner
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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 volutes, 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 spindle, is a turned, carved or otherwise vertical pillar placed between the handrail and the stair-tread or stringer.
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