Once you've decided on an overall style, you'll need to choose parts that compliment your home and taste — and each other. Use our stair parts diagram and interactive stair parts gallery to get an idea of the types of stair parts available.
Baluster: The thin vertical spindles that hold up the handrail. These are generally found along the staircase, not at the top or bottom — larger posts that provide more support are called newels.
Newel: The support for the balustrade system. These are larger than balusters, and usually placed at the top and bottom of a staircase, or where there's a turn in the handrail.
Handrail: The railing at the side of the staircase, designed to support your hand.
Tread: The horizontal part of a stair, or step.
Riser: The vertical part of a step. The 'rise height' is the height of the step, from the top of one tread to the top of the next.
Nose: The front edge of a stair's tread — it often protrudes beyond the edge of the vertical riser beneath it.