Selecting your Stair System

Selecting the component styles for your stairway should be simple, not complicated. L.J. Smith makes this process very easy with these "Steps for Selecting a Beautiful Stair System." As you review these steps, you will notice that we offer a very wide variety of styles from which to choose. Our wood stair parts are available in these standard species: Beech, Cherry, Hemlock, Maple, Poplar, Oak, and these premium species: Alder, Brazilian Cherry, Hickory, Hard Maple, Mahogany, Walnut and White Oak. However, we can quote other species as well. Our wood balusters and box newels are also available with a factory primer coating. The ornamental iron collection of newels and balusters is available in these attractive finishes: Matte Nickel, Matte Black, Satin Black, Low Sheen Black, Antique Bronze, Oil Rubbed Copper, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Silver Vein.


Step 1

To simplify the selection process, begin by choosing either the POST TO POST style or OVER THE POST style of stairway.

Post to Post

Handrail runs between the newel posts


Over the Post

Handrail runs over the newel posts with the use of handrail fittings

Step 2

After selecting a stairway style, there are a couple more style decisions that need to be made before selecting the stiarway components. First, decide if the stairway will have Open Treads or a Kneewall and what tread treatment will be utilized.

Open Tread Stairway

Kneewall Stairway

Below are examples of several tread treatments

Open tread stairway, no carpet


Open tread stairway with center carpet

Kneewall stairway fully carpeted

Full treads and open risers

Step 3

Select an infill style: Stainless Steel Cable, Stainless Steel Tube, Panels, Iron Balusters or Wood Balusters. When selecting a wood baluster style, you can choose either a Square Top or a Pin Top style. See available Stainless Steel Cable and Tube or Metal Panels or Iron Baluster Styles or Wood Baluster Styles







Step 4

Select a handrail profile from over 30 styles available.



Step 5

Select coordinating newel post style from these categories: Box Newels, Over the Post Newels, Post to Post Newels, Cable or Tube System Wood Newels, or Cable System Metal Newels.


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