The term balustrading is used to describe the combination of the spindles, handrail and newel posts on a staircase. Often it is these elements which give the staircase its character — they can transform an off-the-shelf flight into something special. Timber, glass, metal and even stud walls can all form balustrading. Here’s a range of balustrades for all tastes and styles.

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Helical staircase from Bisca with glass balustrades and brown leather handrail

1. Helical Staircase
Features curved glass balustrades topped with a dark brown leather handrail, price on application, Bisca

Cheshire Mouldings' Warwick wooden balustrade with spindles

2. Warwick Balustrade
POA, Cheshire Mouldings

Fusion Range Richard Burbidge glass balustrade

3. Fusion Range
Available with a choice of infills and fixings, POA, Richard Burbidge

Low-iron glass balustrade has no joints

4. Low Iron Glass Balustrade
With Havana leather handrail and fabricated with no joints, POA, Bisca

Sculptural metal branch balustrade

5. Bespoke Sculptural Balustrade
Fabricated with no joints, POA, Rawlsberry Fabrication

Elementals spiral metal spindles and oak handrail

6. Elements Balustrade
White oak handrails with metal spindles, from £700, Richard Burbidge

Glass balustrade with black walnut hand and base rail

7. Glass Balustrade
The glass is recessed into the black walnut hand and base rail, POA, Stairplan

Floating oak staircase

8. Floating Oak Staircase
With seamless glass balustrade, £650/m, StairKraft

Thorn balustrade made from aluminium or bronze

9. Sculptural Range Thorn Balustrade
Comes in aluminium or bronze, POA, ZigZag Design Studio

Glass range balustrade

10. Glass Range Balustrade
With oak or ash handrails and newel posts, POA, Abbott Wade

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