Balustrades and Railings

Are you planning to get a new Staircase fitted? If so, there will be a number of decisions that will need to be made – an important one being which stair handrails you would prefer.

It can become a bit overwhelming by the amount of options that are available to choose from as it is so we always try to shed some light into the subject. One of the most common questions people ask us is what the difference is between a balustrade, banisters and railings/handrails.

What’s the difference between balustrades, banisters and handrails?


A balustrade is made up of  vertical posts that are named balusters. These are then connected together whilst being spaced evenly apart. The current balustrade on your stairs will be found under the handrail. We can also provided handrails made from a variety of different materials to suite your needs.

Handrails and banisters

Stair handrails and banisters are more or less the same thing and both of these terms are used to describe the railing that runs along the staircase. These both essentially have two main purposes:

  • Safety
  • Decorative appeal

To actually distinguish the two from one another, think that handrails can be found anywhere – e.g. in baths and showers – while banisters will only be found on staircases.

If you have any questions you can always get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to answer for you.