Little Buffalo Moulding & Stair Parts - Glossary & Diagrams
Balusters - Vertical posts that support
the handrail system. Often called spindles.
Balustrade - Refers to the collection
of newels, balusters and handrail on a staircase.
Bullnose - The shape formed on the
edge of a step or tread.
Fittings - Specially designed stair
parts that provided a smooth transition during handrail height changes or handrail
Examples: volutes, turnouts, starting easings and goosenecks.
Gooseneck - A handrail fitting used
at a landing or balcony to complete a smooth transition between varying heights.
Handrail - The horizontal member or
balustrade system that sits on top of the balusters and is supported by the
Landing Newel - A newel post positioned at a landing or balcony.
Landing Tread - A structural moulding,
used on all landings and balconies, to create a transition between the stair
and the finished floor, and also as a level surface to attach balusters.
Standard width: 3-1/2" or 5-1/2" and overhangs the balcony 1-1/2" or 1-1/4",
allowing cove or trim to be ran underneath.
Level Quarter Turn - A level
handrail fitting that turns 90 degrees.
Newel-Posts (Box, Volute, Standard)
- Larger than a baluster. Found at the top and bottom of the staircase and every
8' on balconies.
Over-the-Post - A balustrade system
that utilizes fittings to smoothly transition over newel posts forming a fluid
line of continuous handrail.
Post-to-Post - A balustrade system
with handrail that runs between final-topped newel posts.
Rake - The staircase angle or slope.
Riser - The vertical face of the step.
Rosettes - Decorative pieces that end
a handrail system at the wall line.
Stringers - Structure that supports
the risers, treads, and balustrade.
Tread - The step or part of the stair
one walks on.
Tread Brackets - A decorative
moulding that is fastened to the outside of the stringer.
Volute - A handrail fitting that is typically
used on a Pin Top starting newel and curves away from the stair in a circular