Just a short note to let you know that we were really pleased with the individual items, that Shaw Stairs Ltd made for our new house. We have had numerous complimentary comments from visitors, and my clients regarding staircase etc. Your staffs were also courteous and professional, I will definitely be recommending Shaw Stairs again.

My husband and I would just like to say how delighted we are with our recent staircase renovation. From the initial enquiry right through to the completion of the project the service we received was first class. It was a real pleasure to do business with your company and would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.

Please pass on our thanks once again to everyone involved.
Kind regards
John and Karen Hayes from Milton Keynes

Wow! What a transformation! Just wanted to say thank you for our staircase renovation. Excellent job, first class in every respect and superb craftsmanship. Your team were a pleasure to have in the house and nothing was too much trouble for them. Thank you,
Jim & Clare Cooksley, Cardiff

What a great company, from the first meeting with Chris (designer) to plan our new stairs, through to the survey with Chris, to the fitting carried out by Brian and Jowel (whose workmanship is exemplary). All concerned made this a pleasant experience. We are absolutely delighted with the end product and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Shaw Stairs to anyone.
Wayne and Helen, Warwick

"I must let the world know what a fantastic job your guys did, with oak and glass, to remodel our staircase. It is stunning and the care taken with tiny details has been quite amazing. Moreover, it was a pleasure to have the pair of them in our home. Permanent smiles on their faces, obviously loving the job and proud of the result, Great stuff, Thank You All."
Mr & Mrs Bolton, Chepstow

How Stair Balustrade Can Improve Your Home

Posted on 22nd September 2016
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Did you know that the stair and landing areas is one of the most overlooked spaces of every home?

Your stair balustrade may be the key to improving the way your home looks, and is an easy way to give a more elegant and luxurious feel. The hardest part of refurbishing your stairs is choosing a design which you feel will be fitting to your personal style and taste. Once you have made this decision the Shaw Stairs sales team are happy to help plan and quote everything which you will need.

Stairs are made up of various parts, such as, spindles, handrails, base rails, newel posts etc. This is where the choice of what to replace comes in. For example, if your newel posts are in good condition and you are happy with the design you may feel that the rails and spindles are the only parts which need replacing and vice versa. This is perfectly normal and updating just one area of your balustrade can still make all the difference.


The spindles are a key element to any design, these come in all different shapes and sizes as well as various materials. Some prefer a more traditional look with timber spindles like pine, oak or hemlock where others feel a more contemporary material suits them, such as chrome or brushed nickel. Iron spindles are also an option which a lot of customers like, but ultimately the choice is yours.

​Newel Posts

​These are the posts which you will find at the beginning and end of your staircase and landing. There is a wide selection of newels to choose from as well as newel bases, newels with spigots and half newels. The decision of which you require will depend on what you are replacing and the overall look you desire. Some choose to have square newel bases with a turned newel, while others want a simple look such as square or stop chamfered posts. Newel posts can also have caps which sit on top of the post, this is to give a completed look to your staircase but is not a necessity.

​Hand and Base Rails

The handrail is the part of your balustrade which sits on top of your spindles, which you hold onto when you are going up or down the stairs. Handrails are usually made from wood and are often stained or glossed to protect them and keep them looking fresh. The base rail is the opposite end of the spindles and is used to help keep spindles in place.

Your stair balustrade is definitely the area which you are most drawn to when you enter your home. If this area is designed well, it can create a lasting impression on yourself and visitors. This is also one of the easiest and most satisfying ways of improving your home.

Visit our Website or eBay store now to find your stairs parts to transform the way your home looks. If you require any assistance, please email our helpful and friendly sales team or give them a call.

Email: info@shawstairs.com

Telephone: 01827 54988

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