What are the different types of spindles?

What are the different types of spindles?

Your staircase is often a bold style statement in your home – so whether you’re looking to refresh your current stair parts or install a brand-new staircase, knowing the different spindle styles can help you achieve the design of your dreams.

So, what designs are available, and which will suit your aesthetic?

What are spindles, and what are they used for?

Spindles are a set of vertical pillars that stand between the base and handrail.  

Spindles are one of the most integral parts of your staircase, helping to hold your bannister securely in place. They also act as a safety barrier by preventing falls and double as a stunning interior design feature.

What types of materials are available?

Spindles are available in a range of colours and finishes, so you’re sure to find one that fits your décor.

Wooden spindles

Traditional, timeless, and reliable – wooden spindles are a classic design frequent in many homes, whether they’re modern or traditional.

There are two kinds of wood to choose from – oak and pine. Oak spindles are strong and visually striking due to their unique tiger grain. Typically, oak is found in older, more traditional buildings or modern builds looking for a durable spindle.

Pine is more affordable than oak and is ideal for painting if you wish to move away from wood colours.

Metal spindles

Spindles made from metal are increasingly popular due to their high durability and premium look. Additionally, they contrast wonderfully with wooden handrails making them highly contemporary.

Typically, metal spindles are made from robust iron, which can also help to give a bold or industrial feel to homes looking for that aesthetic.

Metal spindles are available in many premium designs, including round, square bar, and marquis styles.

Spindle styles and designs

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the various spindle styles available on the market.

Square spindles

Perfect for contemporary decors and new builds, square spindles are a minimalist feature for those working on a budget.

Straight edges offer a clean look to any home, especially when painted white.

Twist spindles

If you’re looking for something decorative, then twist spindles are the ideal choice. Typically made from wood, twist spindles draw the eye and give your staircase a traditional yet fresh feel.

There are different styles of twist spindles, including a single twist design with a simple twist in the middle, or a conventional barley twist.

Chamfered spindles

Ornamental and versatile, chamfered spindles are perfect for - both classic and modern homes.

This style has square ends with a narrow middle and is typically wooden. The chamfered design is both contemporary and suitable for conservative decor too.

Upgrade to top-quality spindles from Stair Crazy

From expertly crafted metal to decorative oak spindles, Stair Crazy have a style to suit your dream staircase.

We offer a variety of styles, including chamfered, twisted, and square spindles that are perfect for sprucing up your stairs.

To get in touch with our helpful experts regarding our stair parts or any query you may have, fill out our online contact form or call us on 01942 365 509 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.