A staircase without a banister is actually not complete. Not only because it offers safety when climbing stairs, but also because it looks better. If you don’t have a banister, it will look a lot more bare on the wall. Nowadays, a lot is possible when it comes to banisters. In addition to the traditional cast iron or wooden banisters, you can also choose from many other types of banisters. We have listed the nicest and most beautiful types of banisters for you. What kind of banister are you going for?
1. Handrail of rope
We start right away with one of the nicest types of banisters, rope banisters! At first you might think that a rope railing is not sturdy, but nothing could be further from the truth. With hemp and cotton rope you can make very sturdy, and at the same time also very flexible, banisters. The end knot plays an important role in this, which is at least as important as the handrail supports on the wall. In addition, a stair railing made of rope is also just super beautiful, which gives your stairs a natural look. It is also somewhat reminiscent of a boat. Very nice for a rural interior with a nautical theme!
2. Handrail made of scaffolding tubes
Scaffolding tubes are intended for building scaffolding, but you can still use them to make a lot of cool and fun things for home and garden. For example, you can use scaffolding pipes as shelf supports, you can make very sturdy clothing racks, complete beds, you name it. And stair railings made of scaffolding tubes are also a really cool idea, especially if you like vintage and / or industrial interiors!
3. Steel banisters
Speaking of industrial, what’s super popular these days is steel stair railings . In fact, it is currently the trend. Black steel frames are not only a good idea if you want to give your stairs an industrial touch, they also fit very nicely in classic, rural and modern interiors. Whether you have a wooden staircase, a concrete staircase or a steel staircase, steel handrails always fit. You could also have it sprayed in any color you want.
4. Wooden banisters
The most popular banisters are undoubtedly wooden banisters. Wooden handrails are supplied as standard with most new-build homes. But besides the standard wooden stair railings, there are many other types of wooden stair railings with a completely different design. Round, rectangular, curved, narrow, wide, you name it. In addition, you can also choose from different types of wood: hardwood, pine, Wengé, etc. Below you can see a few beautiful inspiration examples.
5. Golden banisters
With golden details you can give an interior a very chic, luxurious and exclusive look. It is not without reason that we see this trend more and more often. Do you also want that chic, luxurious and exclusive look for your stairs? Then a golden banister is a very nice idea!
6. Copper banisters
Do you think golden banisters are a bit too chic? Then you can also think of copper banisters. Copper banisters look a lot like gold, but are just a bit tougher. If you are very creative and handy, you could make a banister yourself from copper pipes.
7. Stainless steel banisters
Do you have a sleek modern staircase? Then you could add a nice stainless steel banister. In addition to looking super sleek and modern, stainless steel handrails also offer a number of very practical advantages. For example, stainless steel is low-maintenance, it does not discolour, and what is also important, the range of stainless steel handrails is very large. The choice is huge!
8. Handrail in the wall
Most types of banisters are attached to the wall. This applies, for example, to all the above-mentioned banisters. But with an architect we found the idea below, in which the banister is incorporated into the wall, giving it a very sleek look. You can also use different materials for this. For example, you could use the same material as the wall finish so that it becomes even more of a whole.
9. Handrail with lighting
Lighting at the stairs is very important. Not because it has to look nice, but this mainly has to do with safety when climbing stairs. Of course you have different types of stair lighting. You can take a normal hanging lamp, wall lamp or spotlights in the ceiling, but you can also think of lighting that is incorporated in the steps or banister. You can combine all types of banisters with lighting.
10. Glass banisters
Then you also have a glass banister. Unlike the above types of banisters, glass banisters are always made on the outside of the stairs. So it is not a real banister, it is more of a balustrade, which you can use as support when climbing stairs. You can always combine such a glass balustrade with a different kind of banister on the other wall of the stairs. With a glass balustrade you not only give the staircase a modern and luxurious look, you also create an open and spacious feeling.
11. Banisters made of branches
Are you a real nature lover, and do you want to bring nature into your home? There are tons of great ideas for doing that. You could even give your stairs the ultimate feeling of nature by opting for a banister made of branches. However, it is a challenge to find a suitable branch that both looks good and is strong enough for a banister. Does not it work? Don’t worry, because there are various shops and web shops that sell banisters made of branches.
12. No banister
With handrails you ensure safety when climbing stairs. This is especially important if you are dealing with the elderly, small children or people who are less mobile. If you do not have to deal with all of that, and you do not like banisters at all, you can also choose not to use banisters. This can provide a super sleek and minimalist look. View the inspiration examples below!