Balusters, otherwise known as stair spindles, serve an important purpose when it comes to supporting any set of stairs; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t implement your own sense of style when picking the right set for your home.

The two most common types of balusters are wrought iron and wood balusters. Both types of material provide the structure necessary to support any set of stairs, but there are a few key differences to be noted.

Wood Balusters

If you’re aiming for a more traditional look for your staircase, you don’t need to look further than wood balusters. With an array of shapes available, you’re sure to find the perfect classic look that suits your home. You can also opt for a more contemporary cut with wood balusters.

The differences, while intricate, lend themselves to two different looks for the staircase as a whole.

Contemporary Style

With the contemporary style, the base of the baluster will match the height of each individual baluster. The detail changes with the height of the staircase, flowing upward.

Traditional Style

On the other hand, the traditional style offers a more cohesive look. The base of each individual baluster remains the same height from the bottom of the staircase to the top.


A wood baluster offers you the opportunity to choose from a variety of finishes and types of wood, opening you up to many different aesthetics. Lighter types of wood and stains offer a more antique look, establishing the staircase with a more traditional style. We recommend a darker wood or finish to customers seeking a more modern look. Of course, there’s always the option of painting your wooden balusters: a white paint gives off a clean and polished look, while a black paint will display a more modern and contemporary vibe.

Wrought Iron Balusters

Wrought iron balusters offer an ageless sophistication to your staircase. With wrought iron balusters, you’re sure to have strong and reliable support for your staircase. Additionally, wrought iron balusters offer more unique styles that customers can tailor to their own personal style.

Solid or Hollow?

While the design elements and options of wrought iron balusters range widely, the composition choices of the balusters are much less ranged, simply choose between solid or hollow. We’ll discuss the benefits and differences between those options soon.

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