Why No Staircase is Complete Without a Banister

When modern architecture came in fashion, a lot of decorative elements of homes fell by the wayside. One of these was banisters, which at their base-level are handrails for your stairs. They’re finally experiencing a comeback, which we we are so excited about because while they may seem simple, this diverse little bit of built-in furniture can really add style and flair to almost any home-type.

From curved to blocky, wood to wires, a banister can change your staircase from a utilitarian element to a thing of beauty. Updating your banister can be costly, however, depending on the materials you want to use. If you’re going for a classic wood look, it should only run you between $700-$2,500. While wood banisters look beautiful and even regal, you can instantly make a staircase a more modern piece by using metal, wires, or even hanging your banister from the ceiling!

However, if you do decide to update or install a banister, make sure that it’s done to code. The requirements vary depending on where you live, but they typically have to be between 30-38 inches, the hand grips have to be consistent so people who need to grasp them can do so continuously up the stairs, and they’ll also have to support a certain amount of weight (usually around 200lbs). There’s also certain requirements for how far apart the bulstrodes have to placed. That being said, if you can navigate all the red tape, banisters have the potential to completely transform the look of your home and the impression it gives to visitors.