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Forum topic by rhym1n posted 01-26-2016 04:50 PM 354 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2016 04:50 PM


I am replacing the carpet on my stairs and hallway, and also the spindles, newels, and railing. I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations on spindle placement as far as the stairs go. I believe the code is no more than 4” apart, but I’m trying to use 2 spindles per step instead of 3 as they are a bit pricey (I’m using oil rubbed copper spindles).

Here are the measurements:

Spindles are exactly 1/2” wide.
Each step is 10.5” deep, and there are 6 steps.

I would like the spindles to be evenly spaced throughout the 6 steps, but good Lord, I am horrible at math. Lol.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-26-2016 07:38 PM

2-5/8” back from the front of each step then space 5-1/4” on centers. That will give you 2 spindles/step with even spacing through all 6 steps. That’s not to code and if you ever sell your house, the Home Inspector will catch it and you will likely end up re-doing it. If you want to do it to code, start 1-3/4” back from front of each step and then space them on 3-1/2” centers. That’ll give you 3 spindles/step and keep your spacing < 4”.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 07:56 PM

I’ll definitely want to be up to code, so I’ll just go with 3 spindles per step. It will just cost a little more. Thank you very much for the info!

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