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Stair Parts Dictionary
A glossary of the most important stair parts.

Stair Parts Dictionary
starting steps  Starting Steps
The first tread and riser at the bottom of the staircase.
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newels  Newels
The major support posts for the balustrade system. Larger and heavier than the balusters, newels are located at the bottom and top of a staircase and at turns and critical support areas of balcony rails.
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risers  Risers
The vertical component of a stair which supports the tread.
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treads  Treads
The horizontal portion of the staircase upon which you walk.
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balusters  Balusters
The vertical posts which support the railing of the staircase. The term “balustrade” refers to the baluster and rail system.
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fittings  Fittings
The stair parts used to form a smooth transition when the handrail changes height or direction. For example, starting a balustrade (volute, turnout, starting easing), at a landing (gooseneck) and at a balcony.
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handrails  Handrails
The horizontal or rake member of a balustrade system. It sits on top of the balusters and is supported by newel posts.
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