New Home Staircase Design Ideas
Post to Post and Over the Post Systems
What's the Difference?
Staircase style and design options can be overwhelming, but understanding two of the basic systems can make your custom home staircase design decisions much easier!
The staircase is often placed within view of the foyer, so it has the ability to make or break a first impression of your home.
So, what's the difference between a Post to Post and an Over the Post design? Here's the basics.
Post to Post Staircase Design
In a post to post staircase design, the handrails run between two newel posts.
"Newel posts" are the column that support the balustrades and handrail.
Pictured here are box newel posts and wrought iron balusters with an alternating basket design.
The grey and white painted posts and handrail give this home a more contemporary feel.
These color choices contrast with the more commonly used oak wood finishes.
Over the Post Staircase Design
In an over the post staircase design, the handrails run over the newel posts and the balusters are fitted into the handrailing.
Pictured here is a volute over the post system. A "volute" design consists of a spiral at the ends of the handrail.
A bullnose step is required for a volute over the post design. This staircase incorporates the popular trend of wrought iron balusters with alternating baskets.
This oak and iron staircase design style is more formal and traditional than a box newel or craftsman style staircase.
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