Newel Post Information

Newel Posts are used in two different configurations

Over-the-Post (OTP)

Over-the-Post (OTP) – The handrail is installed over the top of a newel post usually with the help of a fitting.

Post-to-Post (PTP)

Post-to-Post (PTP) – The handrail fastens to the top block or side of a straight square newel post.

Newel Posts are used in up to 6 specific positions within a balustrade

1. Starting Newel: Used at the base or start of a stairway.

2. Rake Newel: Used mid-way in a long length of rail to offer more stability. Typically used midway on a stairway.

Rake Angle – The slope or angle of the staircase. The rake is established by the rise and run.

3. Intersection Newel: Used at stairway intersections.

Stairway Intersection – A Stairway Intersection is the point at which a stair flight intersects or meets another stair flight that is facing another direction.

4. Transition Newel: Used at the transition between the stairway and a level landing.

Stairway Transition – A Stairway Transition is where a stair flight transitions to a level landing.

5. Landing Newel: Used at the beginning, end, or turning point of a horizontal length of rail. This newel can also be used as an intermediary in a long straight or radius length of rail.

Stairway Landing – A level section located in the middle, top or bottom of a stairway. Stairway landings are often used to accommodate a stairway’s change in direction, but can also simply be a balcony or a level platform at the top or bottom of a stair flight.

6. Winder Newel: Used at winder stairway intersections.

Winder – Polygonal shaped tread (pie shaped). They are used to change the direction of the stairs without the use of landings.