Timber & Hardwood Balustrades & Handrails

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Timber and hardwood balustrades and handrails are popular choices for residential and commercial buildings in Australia due to their natural beauty and versatility. Timber handrails and balustrades offer a warm and inviting feel and can be stained or painted to match the existing decor of your home or business.

Timber balustrades and handrails offer many advantages over other materials, including:

  1. Aesthetics: Timber is a natural and beautiful material that adds warmth and character to any space. It can be stained or painted to match the existing decor of your home or business.
  2. Durability: Timber is a strong and durable material that can withstand the wear and tear of daily use. With proper maintenance, timber handrails and balustrades can last for many years.
  3. Versatility: Timber can be carved, moulded, or shaped into any design, making it ideal for custom projects.
  4. Sustainability: Timber is a biodegradable and renewable resource, making it an environmentally friendly choice.
  5. Cost-effective: Timber is a relatively inexpensive material compared to other options, such as metal or glass, making it an economical choice for your handrail and balustrade needs.
  6. Easy to maintain: Timber handrails and balustrades can be easily sanded and re-stained to keep them looking new for years to come.

At Craftsman Stairs, we use only the highest quality timber materials to manufacture and build balustrades and handrails for our clients. Whether you’re looking for a traditional, modern, or custom design, our team of experts is dedicated to providing you with a beautiful and functional timber balustrade or handrail that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and to get started on your staircase project.


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Combining the old and new in staircase design can create a unique and stunning look for your home or business. Here are some ideas for blending traditional and modern elements:

  • Mixing Materials: Use traditional materials, such as wood or stone, in a modern way. For example, combining a traditional wooden tread with a sleek glass railing creates a beautiful contrast.
  • Integrating Lighting: Adding lighting to a traditional staircase can give it a modern twist, making it both functional and visually appealing.
  • Combining Shapes: Mixing traditional and modern shapes can create an eye-catching staircase design. For example, combining a traditional curved staircase with modern square balusters creates a unique look.
  • Using Different Finishes: Using different finishes, such as paint, stain, or metal, can create an interesting blend of old and new.
  • Adding Details: Adding modern details, such as glass panel inserts or decorative metal elements, to a traditional staircase can give it a fresh and updated look.

Our team of experienced staircase builders are QBCC Licensed at Craftsman Stairs and can help you bring the old and new into your home or business. We will work with you to create a custom staircase from a design that seamlessly blends traditional and modern elements to create a look that is both timeless and unique. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start the process for your blended staircase!

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Our team of staircase builders and craftsmen have years of experience in the staircase industry and are dedicated to providing high-quality workmanship and exceptional customer service.

We have extensive knowledge of the latest design trends and building techniques, and we use this expertise to bring your vision to life.

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At Craftsman Stairs, we believe that every staircase should be unique. That’s why we offer customized solutions for each of our clients.

Our builders work closely with you to create a modern or classical staircase that perfectly fits your space and style, and our craftsmen bring that design to life with their skilled workmanship.

Whether you’re looking for a modern or traditional staircase, we have the expertise to bring your vision to life.


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What Are Types Of Timber Used For Hardwood Handrails In Australia

The following are some of the most popular types of timber used for hardwood handrails in Australia:

  • Spotted Gum: Spotted gum is a durable and hard-wearing Australian hardwood that is often used for handrails. It has a distinctive grain pattern and a rich, warm colour that makes it a popular choice for high-end residential and commercial projects.
  • Blackbutt: Blackbutt is a strong, versatile, sustainable Australian hardwood commonly used for handrails. It is known for its light to medium colour and attractive, straight-grain pattern.
  • Victorian Ash: Victorian ash is a dense and durable hardwood that is prized for its uniform colour and attractive grain pattern. It is commonly used for handrails, as well as for flooring, furniture and cabinetry.
  • Merbau: Merbau is a tropical hardwood that is popular in Australia due to its durability and rich, warm colour. It is often used for handrails, as well as for decking, flooring and other exterior applications.

These are some of Australia’s most common types of timber used for handrails. Still, other options are also available, including Tasmanian oak, jarrah, and American oak, among others.

What is the difference between a handrail and a balustrade?

A handrail and a balustrade are two components of a staircase system. A handrail is part of the staircase that provides support and stability to users as they go up and down the stairs. It is typically mounted on the wall and is designed to be grasped with the hand for stability.

A balustrade, on the other hand, refers to the entire railing system surrounding the staircase and providing a visual barrier. A balustrade typically includes the handrail, balusters (vertical posts), and newel posts (posts at the ends of the railing). The balustrade serves both a functional purpose by providing stability and support and a decorative purpose by enhancing the look of the staircase.

In short, a handrail is a balustrade component and refers specifically to the horizontal rail that provides support to users.

What is the Australian standard for timber handrails?

The standard for timber handrails in Australia is specified by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Australian Standard AS 1428.1-2009 Design for access and mobility – Part 1: General requirements for access – New building work.

According to the BCA, handrails must be sturdy and able to withstand the forces applied to them by people using the stairs. The handrail must be able to support a load of 0.36 kN/m and be able to resist bending. The handrail must also be slip-resistant, with a grip surface that is free from sharp edges, projections, and abrupt changes in direction.

The height of the handrail must be between 900mm and 1000mm above the nosing line of the stair treads, and the gap between the handrail and any adjacent walls must not be greater than 50mm.

It is important to note that these standards are minimum requirements, and there may be additional requirements for specific applications, such as for handrails in schools, public buildings, and hospitals. It is always best to consult with a professional to ensure that your handrails meet all relevant standards and regulations.

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