Wood Stairs » Installation » Stair Makeover – Changing Newel Posts
Newel posts are the largest component of a staircase. Because of the size and complexity of newel posts, they are also often one of the most expensive parts in the balustrade. It is for this reason that the newel post doesn’t always match the scope and style of the railing system. Simply put, while you do need posts, they don’t necessarily have to be large, luxurious ones. Also, because stair railing systems often come near the end of projects, if it wasn’t considered early on, people often go over their budgets on other items and no longer have the money to spend on the stair balustrade.
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Many people decide to save a little money by downgrading the newel posts in their balustrade, so as home upgrades are considered, newel posts can be a good place to start. Changing newel posts is an easy and inexpensive method of upgrading the look of your stair banister. Replacing the starting posts of the stair requires very little skill. The existing posts are removed, the new posts are cut to length and are then installed. Newel posts can be pre-finished, or they can be finished after installation. The new posts may be similar in style, or they may be a completely different type of newel post. For example, turned newel posts may be replaced with box newel posts and vice versa.
Selecting newel posts that are not the same size as your current ones can make them a little more difficult to replace. When upgrading to a more elaborate or unique design that is the same size, the new posts can replace the old posts without altering the handrails. If, however, you are increasing the size of the post, the handrails may have to be cut back to accommodate the new larger posts. Most often, you can achieve a dramatic look by changing only the main newel posts at the start of a stair while leaving the others as they are. In this case, it is important to make sure that the new posts match or complement the existing posts, but they do not need to be identical. Even in new balustrade installations, the post at the start of the system, know as the grand newel, is often larger and more ornate than others down the line. So if you want to add some flare without replacing all of your stair parts, consider this option to make a statement.