What are they and what are the different types of Balusters, Balustrades and Banisters
They’re not all synonyms. So, what’s the difference?
A “baluster” is a molded shaft that most often supports the handrail of a staircase, but also can be used to support a parapet, which is a wall-like barrier often at the edge of a roof.
Balusters often are made of stone or wood, and sometimes made of metal.
A “balustrade” is a sequence of balusters that support a handrail.
A “banister” — also spelled with two “n”s — is another name for a staircase baluster, but many architects and interior designers prefer to reserve the word “banister” for a narrower, more-modern support.
Here in the United States, we also tend to use the word “banister” to refer to the handrail of a staircase.
So, in general:
– “baluster” refers to the support of a staircase handrail.
– “balustrade” refers to a series of balusters.
– “banister” refers to the support of the handrail.
And still know, some will use “banister” to refer to the staircase handrail!