Top stair balustrade mistakes


Friday, May 26, 2017

The team here at Richard Burbidge has plenty of knowledge and expertise in the world of stairs, so they have shared their top stair balustrade mistakes to help you avoid any issues during your installation!

Fitting instructions

We include detailed fitting instructions created by our in-house development team for all of our individual balustrade ranges. It may seem like an obvious step, but it’s important to make sure that all instructions are read through carefully (even twice to be on the safe side!) no matter how experienced you are, as each range has separate fitting instructions that all differ slightly. All of our fitting instructions are also available on our website here:  http://richardburbidge.com/downloads/

Spindle spacing

The spacing between spindles is mainly a safety feature, but aesthetically spindles spaced too far apart unbalances the overall look of the staircase. All balustrades should have a maximum gap of no more than 99mm, and our detailed fitting instructions explains concisely how to work out the spacing, so the unit is secure and looks good.

Handrail to post fixing

There are a number of possible options to fit handrails to timber posts, including the traditional mortice and tenon methods. We also offer our bracket fix range, including the twist bracket, which makes light work of fixing handrails to new and existing timber newel posts – we have options available for every level of skill!


Both our Fusion and Immix ranges are pre-finished with 3 coats of a clear water based satin varnish, meaning there is one less step for you to worry about! Our primed range uses an oil based primer, and this should be finished with a suitable undercoat and top coat. Other available ranges have an unfinished timber, which means a desired look can be achieved. There are many options available, but it’s important that the timber is finished sufficiently to seal and protect this natural product.

For more information or advice, please contact our Technical Department on 0843 778 0459 or the Customer Support team on 01691 678300.