Five Fitting Tips for Richard Burbidge Stair Balustrade


Monday, October 10, 2016

If you don't regularly tackle balustrade installation, or you are new to the Richard Burbidge product range, we have put together a quick guide to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls.

However if you are not sure about any aspect of the installation or aftercare please don't hesitate to contact our Technical Team on 0843 778 0459.


Fitting instructions:

Our balustrade ranges are independently tested and comply with UK Building regulations. Our in house Development Department create individual, detailed instructions for each range. These should be followed to make sure you avoid errors, no matter how experienced you may be! It’s always important to read through these fully to understand the job before beginning…. Check twice, cut once, avoids mistakes! Click here to find our fitting instructions

Handrail to post fixing:

There are several options for fitting handrails to timber posts, the traditional mortise and tenon method is an aged old method used for hundreds of years by carpenters. We also offer our bracket fix range which uses our twist bracket which makes light work of fixing handrail to new timber newel posts, even existing ones too. Options for every level of skill! 

Fitting options

Spindle Spacing 

Balustrade should have a maximum gap of no more than 99mm at any point, we tend to call this the baby’s head theory! This is for safety of course, but aesthetically if spindles are spaced too far apart, or not equally, it throws out the balance of the overall look. Our detailed instructions show how to work out the spacing so the unit is secure and looks good.

Spindles Too far apart                                 Spindles with Correct Spacing

Gap between spindles too large


Timber products should be left in the room or a room with similar humidity for at least 48 hours prior to installation if problems associated with shrinkage and expansion are to be avoided.  Storing stair balustrades in a cold and damp garage for months and then using for immediate internal installation is not good trade practice. Timber is a natural material that both absorbs and loses moisture.  Remember … ‘timber plus water/moisture equals expansion’ and ‘timber plus heat equals shrinkage’


Our Fusion and Immix ranges are pre-finished with 3 coats of a clear water based satin varnish, this means you don’t have to do anything, our primed range uses an oil based primer and should be finished with a suitable undercoat and top coat. Our other ranges have unfinished timber, allowing you to apply the look/finish you chose. There are many options available, but it is important that you do finish the timber to seal and protect this natural product. Read More about Finishing here