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Interior Stair Design Booklet

We are pleased to announce that we now have our very own Interior Stair Design Booklet available for download. This booklet features different baluster patterns and staircase configurations for Traditional, Craftsman, Old World, Contemporary and Modern designs.

It has never been easier to plan your stair remodel (or cheaper)!

Click Here to download – Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or another similar .PDF reader.

Cheap Stair Parts Stair Design Idea Book

New Website!

I am pleased to announced that we have switched to our new website platform. We truly believe this new platform will grow with us easier and provide a better shopping experience to our wonderful customers.

If you had an account on the previous site, you will need to create a new account on this one. If you need copies of previous invoices you will need to email us and we can send them to you.

Please call us at 866.727.9356 with any questions. M-F 8am-4pm CST.

Thanks so much!


3M Anti-Slip Tape for Stair Treads


The #1 selling Amazon product for staircase wood tread safety is the 3M Anti-Slip Stair Tread Tape. It installs in minutes and provides a lasting grip surface and best of all, it’s clear!

Step 1 – Measure and cut the strips. You can double them up for a wider surface and even trim them slimmer if you prefer. You want to leave at least a 1 inch gap on the ends to achieve the best look.

Step 2 – Stick the tape on the wood tread where you want it. Make sure it’s even!

Step 3 – Using the Rubber Hand Roller, Roll over the tape a few times to make sure no air bubbles are left over. If air bubbles are left behind the tape could peel up over time.

And that’s it! It only takes a few minutes to install. I like the fact that it’s clear and doesn’t distract from beauty the hardwood treads but it is visible enough to see.

Grip Tape for Stairs is just another great idea in staircase safety.

We do not sell this product but you can safely purchase it on Amazon.

Click the links below to purchase.






Let’s Compare – Oil Rubbed Bronze

Oil Rubbed Bronze is easily the best selling finish on the market and not just for stair parts, but for door knobs, cabinet hardware, light fixtures… everything.  The biggest issue with the Oil Rubbed Bronze finish is that so many companies make a really bad ORB.

I made this chart this morning showing the difference in some of the ORB finishes you will find in the stair market. Ours is on the left and 3 different competitors are on the right.

I will let the photo speak for itself on why we have the best looking ORB finish in the stair market. (These photos have not been altered in anyway)



Iron Baluster Shoes – What are they used for?

On the tops and bottoms of iron balusters you can sometimes find what we call shoes. These shoes are decorative pieces that are used to hide the gaps and imperfections left over after drilling holes for your install. They are purely decorative and do not support the baluster structurally in any way.

You install them by sliding them on your baluster, use glue to secure your baluster, then slide the shoe down to hide any leftover gaps.

Here is the tricky part. Do you want to use the set screw or do you just want to epoxy the shoe down?

If you choose to use the set screw, you may have a larger gap on one side of the baluster shoe because the screw does push the shoe to one side.  The screw could also come lose over time if your baluster shoes are knocked around.  You can choose to ignore the screw and simply use epoxy to hold it into place. This allows you to evenly space the shoe around the baluster to avoid any gap issues, but its much harder to use this method if you are using shoes under the top of the handrail.

When looking at shoes, purchase the shoe that is made for your baluster.  1/2″ Shoes are for 1/2 Balusters. 9/16″ shoes for 9/16″ Balusters.  9/16″ Tuscan shoes are for the tuscan hand hammered balusters. 5/8″ shoes are for 5/8″ balusters.

Keep in mind that just because the shoe says 1/2″ that doesn’t mean the opening is exactly 1/2″. The opening will be larger than 1/2″ because the baluster has to fit inside the hole. A 1/2″ shoe might have a 9/16″ opening. This is to account for any variance in the baluster size and powder coating thickness.  Also you can’t squeeze a 1/2″ baluster into an exact 1/2″ hole or you would scrape up the baluster.

Another thing to look out for are using shoes for the hammered balusters. Hammered balusters have some spots that may be 1/2″ and some spots that may be 9/16″ or even larger. They are hand hammered and there could be some variance. For this reason the opening on the shoes for Tuscan balusters is slightly larger and depending on where your baluster is cut and where the shoe ends up sitting the amount of gap left over could be less or more. This will not be an issue and in fact because the hand hammered look is desired for more rustic and Italian style homes it will even give off a more hand crafted look that is preferred by most designers.



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Craftsman style stairs are making a comeback!

Craftsman style staircases are when you have large box newel posts, dark stained stair treads with white risers and trim combined with plain square white wood balusters.

It’s a style that is on a comeback and fits in nicely with newer homes and homes that have dark stained hardwood floors.



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Types of Hammered Balusters

This weeks topic is regarding the different types of hammered iron balusters. Some hammering is done by hand and some is machine made.


Tuscan Square Hammered

Tuscan square hammered is a hand hammered product. It is a 9/16″ Square bar but due to the hand hammering it could be 5/8″ at its widest down to 1/2″. Every bar is completely different. Oil Rubbed Bronze looks great on this style.

Tuscan Round Hammered

Tuscan round hammered is also a hand hammered product. The size measures 9/16″ round. These are also hammered by hand giving them a textured round shape. Oil Rubbed Bronze is also the most popular finish for this style.

Gothic Hammered

Gothic hammered is a machine made finished with evenly spaced stamps on the face of the bar. The hammering is the same on every bar. This bar measures 9/16″ Square. Oil Rubbed Copper is the most popular finish for this style.

Santa Fe Hammered

Santa fe hammered is another machine finish with evenly spaced hammering on the corners of the bar. Santa fe hammered only comes in Satin Black and it also measures 9/16″ Square.