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  • Staircase Glossary

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    The smaller posts fitted between the stair and the handrail, usually decorative, and in timber or steel.

    Bullnose Step

    The step at the base of a stair which usually has a protruding semi-circular end


    The piece of timber that forms the edge or border for the carpet or other floor coverings, located at the edge of the floor on the upper level

    Closed Stair

    A stair that has treads and risers.

    Cut Stringer

    Stringers that are cut to follow the profile of the stair on the open or balustrading side. The treads overhang the cut stringer and quite often decorative tread brackets are fixed to the face of the stringer under the tread nosing.


    The shaped or moulded piece of timber you hold on to as you walk up or down the stair.

    Handrail Scroll

    The decorative handrail piece at the start of the stair that curls around and sits above the bullnose step.

    Handrail Wreaths

    The sections that curve around corners to form a continuous handrail.


    The flat platforms usually located where a stair changes direction.

    Newel Posts

    The larger square posts at the start and the corners of a stair. They are usually turned, fluted, panelled or decorated in some way.

    Open Stair

    A stair that has no risers.


    The vertical pieces which are the solid infill between the treads.


    The main beams that support treads and risers.

    Tread Bracket

    The decorative pieces that fit to the face of a cut stringer in the more traditional type of stair.

    Tread Nose

    The rounded leading edge of a step.


    These are simply the steps you walk on.

    Winder Steps

    The triangular treads used to change the direction of the stair, usually around right-angle corners.

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