Staircase – Glossary
The part you walk on.
Sidepiece of the stair.
The vertical piece of wood between the treads in a closed staircase.
First tread widened beyond the string.
- Stepped treads
Treads resting on top of the string.
An extra short/long tread.
- Newel (post)
Ends the balustrade at the beginning, end and/or corners of the staircase.
- Balusters /spindles
Wooden uprights connecting handrail and string (handrail and floor in the case of horizontal balustrades).
- Curved newel post
Handrail and string with gently curved and rounded corners.
Opening in the floor for the staircase.
Straight section of stairs. e.g. a straight staircase has one flight, a quarter-turned staircase two and a half-turned staircase three.
- Right-turned /left-turned staircase
Staircase that turns to the right or left seen from below.
- Stair height
Total height of a staircase from the floor on the lower storey to the floor on the upper storey.
- Horizontal balustrade
Protective balustrade around the stairwell.
- Raking balustrade
Balustrade that follows the string.
- First tread
The lowest tread.
- Last tread
The uppermost tread, flush with the floor.
Support for the hand.