Wooden Newel Posts

Newel posts are the upright supports for handrail at the bottom and top of a staircase.  They can also be positioned along  the length of rail and where staircases change direction. These have a primary purpose of structural support, though are typically decorative to varying degrees and can significantly accent the architectural style of a home. 

Square or box newels are typically made with decorative moldings  used to cover the structural support  and topped with a shaped or turned cap.  Round newels are generally made from solid stock with square sections of the length at the bottom for mounting into the stairs and towards the top where the rail is attached.  Diameters  of newels can range from 3 ½” -  10+ “  for larger staircases.   Lengths are usually 48” – 60” depending on style and installation method.   

Species used for interior paint grade newels are often poplar or soft maple and stain grade newels can be whatever customer desires to match treads or décor.  Exterior newels are frequently done in cedar or mahogany or durability.

To learn more about wood newels and wooden balusters from H.A. Stiles or to determine the best solution for your needs, contact our experienced staff for help in selecting the ideal materials and designs for your application.