Everything you need to know about newel posts

Everything you need to know about newel posts

Whether you’re renovating your whole staircase or just replacing small elements to create a fresh look, it’s likely you’ve come across the term ‘newel posts’.

But what exactly are they? And how do they contribute to the style of your staircase?

Here’s everything you need to know about newel posts.

What is a newel post?

A newel post is an upright pillar found at the top and bottom of your staircase.

The main function of newel posts is to provide extra support to your handrail, ensuring it’s secure and safe.

Every change in direction on your staircase requires a newel post. So, if you have any landing platforms or turns in your staircase, you’ll require additional posts at these points.

Newel posts also need to be tall enough to put your handrail at a height of between 900mm and 1000mm, which is typically the minimum safe height your handrail needs to be.

What are the different types of newel posts?

Although an important safety feature on any staircase, newel posts can also be used as a design feature.

They’re often the first thing people notice about your staircase, so you’ll want them to make an impression.

Firstly, you’ll want to choose a material that suits your staircase – oak and pine are popular choices however metal alternatives are also available.

Then you need to decide on the style. There are two prominent types of newel posts.

  • Turned newel posts – these are the more traditional option. Their intricate designs include fluting and twisting, perfect if you want to add a statement piece into your staircase.
  • Boxed newel posts – as their name suggests, boxed newel posts are squared, adding a sleek element to any staircase. Because of their simple design, these work especially well with contemporary staircases.

Choosing your newel cap

Another element you will need to consider is your newel cap.

A newel cap is the piece that sits on top of your newel post to add an extra style element. They add the perfect finishing touch, seamlessly tying in the whole design of your staircase.

The style of your overall staircase will likely influence your newel cap decision.

Ball and pyramid newel caps prove to be a gorgeous addition to more traditional staircases, while flat newel caps are more suited to modern designs.

Like your newel posts, newel caps are available in a range of materials, so you can choose to match your newel posts, or create a contrasting piece.

How much do newel posts cost?

The cost of newel posts depends on various factors including the style, size and material.

Prices for basic wood newel posts can start from as little as £20 per post. However, if you’re wanting a more detailed, or higher quality material, you can expect to pay slightly more.

When buying a newel post, you have options.

You can buy a complete newel post set which includes the newel cap and post. Or you can buy these all individually. Often the complete sets work out slightly cheaper, however you can’t mix and match the parts meaning your design choices may be limited.

Buying your staircase parts

Now that you’ve got an understanding of newel posts, it’s time to start buying your staircase parts.

And you’ll want to buy these from a trusted provider such as Wonkee Donkee.

Wonkee Donkee’s team of experts are on hand to discuss your requirements and help you find the perfect addition for your staircase.