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Your Guide to Staircase Parts: Diagram + Photos

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10/09/19

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Carrie Barker

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If you are building (or renovating) a two-story home, you will obviously need to communicate with your contractor about your stair design. Knowing common stair terms will be very helpful in your conversations with your contractor. This is exactly why I created this guide to staircase parts for you!

We’ll cover the most common terms you should know; I’ll illustrate these stair parts with a diagram AND photos of my own staircase.

GUIDE TO STAIRCASE PARTS: A DIAGRAM

A diagram to illustrate my guide to staircase parts. This diagram includes the main parts of the stairs that you'll need to know about when communicating with your contractor.

DIAGRAM via A WOOD IDEA

COMMON PARTS OF A STAIRCASE

The most common staircase terms you’ll hear include the following: stair railing, riser, newel post, stair landing, baluster (or spindle), tread, stringer, and nose. You can see where each part is by referring to the diagram above, as well as the photos of my staircase below.

Where is the newel post and newel cap?

Caroline on Design guide to staircase parts with a diagram and images. This image shows where the newel cap and newel post are.

What do you call the step parts on a staircase? 

Caroline on Design guide to staircase parts with a diagram and images. This image shows where the stair nose, stair riser, stair tread, and baluster are located.

Where is the stair landing?

Caroline on Design guide to staircase parts with a diagram and images. This image shows the stair landing of my own staircase.

Where is the stringer on stairs?

Caroline on Design guide to staircase parts with a diagram and images. This image shows where the stair molding and stair stringer are located.

Caroline on Design guide to staircase parts with a diagram and images. This image shows the beautiful trim detail on my own staircase.

In this post, we covered the most common staircase terms: stair railing, riser, newel post, stair landing, baluster (or spindle), tread, stringer, and nose. I hope the diagram and photos of my own staircase help you to understand where the various stair parts are. Now you should be able to easily communicate what stair design you want to your contractor or builder :).

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Caroline on Design guide to staircase parts with a diagram and images. This guide includes all the common terms illustrated in photos that you'll need to know when communicating with your contractor about your stair design.

  1. Alexandra Gross says:

    Love your blog! This was super helpful. Where did you get your runner for the stairs? What design or shade would you suggest for a smaller home – stairs lead into living room?

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