Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Rallying on a Railing

We're at the point of the remodel of having to pick out the railing on the stairway at the hideaway.

The stairway up to the 2nd floor will have walls on both side, so that'll be easy, just have to add a single handrail like this:Except the railing will be on the left.

But at the top of the staircase, we'll need railing to prevent little nephews and clumsy adults from falling down the stairs.In this pic, you can see up to the 2nd floor and we'll need railing up there.

So we're trying to decide what style of railing we want.

I had no idea this would be such a big decision.

The 1st thing we thought about was choosing between wood or iron balusters. Without seeing any examples, I immediately said wood, though jimmy was more drawn to iron. I also thought that wood would be more affordable. turns out I might be wrong. And after searching online, I saw a lot of iron designs that were appealing and more affordable than wood. Which makes it more complicated because now there are a lot more designs to choose from.

Here are some designs we found:Very pretty but too much for a cabin hideway.

More beautiful ironwork, but too ornamental for the hideway.

I really love the artistic look of this one! But definitely not right for the hideway.

This style is very simple and plain. Perhaps too simple and plain.

I like this style. It's a possibility.

This is my favorite. I love this staircase. But pointless since this isn't how our stairs will go up to the 2nd floor.

I suspect we'll end up with something more like this but painted/stained different. We'll see though. Perhaps we'll go with iron?

Do you have stairs in your home? Do you have wood or iron balusters? Which do you prefer?


mommy said...

Ooooh, I love the swirly foliage one!!

Ginnie said...

My daughter has a railing at the top of her stairs and chose iron as an upgrade when the house was being built. Supposedly it's a plus?

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