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Stair spindles: Types, materials & matching to your balustrade

Forming the connection between the baserail or treads and the handrail (otherwise known as the balustrade), your stair spindles are a prominent and crucial design feature. Aside from their practicalities, spindles are a great way to add a touch of style to your staircase; they’ll have a big influence on the look and feel of your hallway, after all.

Types of stair spindles

Multi-Turn customers have plenty of materials to choose from when designing the spindles for their stairs. These include:

  • Timber spindles

  • Stainless steel spindles

  • Iron spindles

  • Glass spindles

The design of your staircase and the overall feel you’re looking to achieve will ultimately determine the type of spindle you choose.

More traditional finishes will usually opt for a timber spindle to maintain the classic look and contemporary designs often use this option to add an elegant and clean finish. The most common timbers we use to manufacture our stairs include oak, walnut and pine, but we have many other commercially available types too.

Metal spindles, often using stainless steel or iron, can add a touch of luxury to any staircase. Combined with our timber treads, they’re a popular option for those who want to add a contemporary twist to their design. Multi-Turn stock a varied range of metal spindles which are all supplied with a powder coated finish in black RAL 9005 as standard, though other colours are available on request.

Incorporating glass into staircase designs is becoming more common as people look to bring a bright and open feel to their hallways. Rather than using larger glass panels, we can use smaller individual panes of glass to add a little individuality to your design.

Styles and finishes


Square spindles (both timber and metal) are a popular choice in contemporary designs, particularly those with a minimalist finish. They have that sense of universal appeal and are therefore great for developers who are looking to sell a property on.


Our chamfered and tapered spindles are square at the top and bottom, with a narrower and slightly more decorative center. These timber spindles can be finished or painted to achieve the look you want but they’ll suit both traditional and modern properties.


Our stock range of twist spindles typically consists of three types: single, double and barley twist.

  • Single twist spindles can be either wooden or metal and feature a simple twist in the center. They’re a popular choice for traditional designs.

  • Double twist spindles, as the name suggests, have a double twist in the center. The metal design can add a unique touch to a traditional staircase.

  • Barley twist spindles are a bit more detailed, with a tighter, more compact twist in the center. They’re usually made from wood but can be produced in metal too.

We do, however, offer more complex designs as part of our metal spindles range.

Georgian, Edwardian, Imperial & Colonial

These turned spindles are square at the top and bottom, featuring beautifully individual designs in the center. Our range gives you the chance to choose a finish that will blend seamlessly with your staircase design.

Matching spindles to your balustrade

Bespoke is, by definition, completely custom to the person ordering and we love that no two stairs we produce are ever the same. What works for one of our clients is not necessarily the style that another would personally choose, so there’s no definitive rulebook as to what spindles will match your balustrade. Obviously, there are certain practicalities and safety features that need to be considered but at the core, the design is yours!

We would recommend speaking to one of our staircase specialists to discuss your requirements when it comes to choosing your stair spindles. With years of experience, they’ll be on hand to advise you on a design that reflects your vision and even put forward ideas that you may never have considered.

If you’d like to discuss your staircase project with one of the team, please get in touch on 01962 712299 or email


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