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Iron Baluster Design Tips

by Katherine Lilly on Feb 23, 2016

Iron balusters can add a classic look to the exterior or interior of any home. Whether incorporated into stair railings or used for deck or balcony railings, this material is perfect for adding a classic feel to any décor. With so many different designs to choose from, iron balusters can be incorporated into any décor, but what do you need to know if you decide to go the DIY route?

Gather Your Materials

A couple of specialty tools are required for this project, but nothing that can’t be found in most well-stocked garages or workshops. You will need a saw that is capable of cutting through iron, like a jig saw or reciprocating saw, and a power drill. Hot glue is also required. Finally, you will need the balusters themselves. Many suppliers sell balusters in a variety of designs, embellished with knots, bulbs or other designs. Either choose one type of baluster to use throughout the project, or several different types of complementary designs to create a pattern.

Remove Old balusters

Cut the old balusters on your staircase and remove them from the placement holes. If your old balusters are wood, you may need to make the holes in the railing and floor deeper in order to accommodate the new iron balusters. Use a drill with a wide bit to deepen the holes, drilling about two inches into both the railing and the stairs as long as you can do so without going through to the other side.

Cut the balusters

Measure the length from railing to stair to get an idea of how long each baluster needs to be. Remember to take the part of the baluster that will be inside the placement holes into account. Next, measure the balusters to fit and use a scalpel or woodworking knife to score the metal slightly where it needs to be cut. Cut each baluster to size using the saw.

Install New Balusters

Thread shoes onto each baluster to cover the placement holes, and then insert the baluster into the top hole in the stair railing. Let it fall into place in the corresponding hole on the stair below. Run a bead of hot glue around the lip of the shoes and press them firmly to the stair and railing to complete the installation.

Finally, sit back and admire your new staircase, not to mention the money you saved doing this deceptively simple project all on your own.

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