Wood Stair Railing Renovation

Staircases can enhance the aesthetic appeal of a home and add to its functionality and safety. If your staircase is worn or outdated, it might be time to consider a staircase renovation.

Why Choose Wood For Your Stair Railing?

Wood has been a popular choice for stair railings for centuries. It is not only naturally beautiful but durable and versatile as well. Wood is an ideal material for both classic and contemporary home designs. Wood stair railings can be crafted in various styles and cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences.

Customization Options

Wood is highly customizable. You may want a particular style of baluster for your staircase manufactured, such as a rope twist or fluted design. Wood finials are also a great option available to incorporate into the railing for an elegant look. A wood finial is a decorative piece that is placed on top of the baluster at the ends of the railings.

In addition to customizing a staircase in order to fit a particular visual design, you may also need custom options for both utility and safety. When choosing staircase balusters, otherwise known as the spindles, for your renovation project, there must be a perfect fit for your staircase. Balusters must be different sizes as you move up the staircase based on how the railing is constructed and also where the baluster is configured on the stair tread.

The Stair Railing Renovation Process

Assessment and Planning

A great first step in any renovation is a thorough assessment of where your project currently stands. Evaluate your stair railing’s current condition and identify areas that need repair or replacement.

Next, consider the design and style of your new railing. Think about the style of your home and your personal preferences. If you live in an older home, see if the design of your railing can be replicated in a way that maintains its current charm.

Choosing the Right Wood

Selecting the correct wood species is crucial. Common choices of species for staircase railings include oak, maple, cherry, and mahogany. Each of these options offers unique grains and colors. Consult with a professional to determine which wood species best suits your needs. Think about if you want to paint the railings and balusters or stain them in order to keep the natural wood grain present.


Once you have the materials ready, it’s time for installation. When it comes to balusters, they can be attached to railing systems in a variety of ways.

If the balusters are square on the top and bottom, round or square tenons, which are small dowels/pins on the ends of one or both square sections, can be made so the customer can easily insert the baluster into the railing for a seamless fit. If the balusters have a pin-top section at the top, the diameter of the pin-top can easily be made to your needed specifications so that the baluster can easily be inserted into the rail.

Depending on your DIY skills and the design complexity, you might want to consider hiring a professional contractor to assist with the installation part of the renovation process. Proper stair railing installation is essential to ensure that it is sturdy and safe.

A professional who is also familiar with building codes that pertain to staircases is a massive added benefit. These codes dictate how wide and thick staircase balusters need to be so there is not too much space between them. This prevents small children or pets from fitting through the space between each baluster and potentially becoming injured by falling, etc. Building codes vary by state, so check your local regulations or hire someone who can before proceeding with your project.

Benefits of Wood Stair Railing Renovation

  • Enhanced Visual Appeal: A beautiful wood stair railing adds an element of attractiveness to your home. This creates an impression that will have a lasting impact on guests.
  • Increased Home Value: Renovations, especially ones involving high-quality materials like wood, can significantly increase home value. Potential buyers often appreciate maintained, tasteful features such as a well-constructed staircase.
  • Improved Safety: If your existing railing is old or damaged, replacing it with a sturdy wood railing enhances its safety and dependability.
  • Design Customization: Wood can be used in various ways for just about any project. This allows you to create a railing that perfectly complements your interior design theme. An approach that is traditional, modern, or somewhere in between is certainly possible.
  • Long-lasting Durability: With proper maintenance, a wood stair railing can last for decades. Wood is naturally resistant to wear and tear. This makes it a practical and long-lasting choice for any wood stair railing renovation project.

Ready to Begin?

Arnold Wood Turning crafts custom wood pieces with your dream end goal in mind. We take pride in crafting custom wooden pieces that tell a story and enhance your living space.

If you have a vision for a unique woodworking project or need custom wood components, please feel free to reach out to us for a free, no-obligation estimate. We bring your ideas to life at competitive prices while making life easy.