Balusters (derived from the Greek word for the pomegranate flower) are short columns, normally with a round cross section. They are also called "rungs of a ladder". They are usually highly profiled and have a shaped bulge in the middle. Balusters have been used as table and chair legs for specialist furniture throughout history.
Architectural balusters only started to become common in the Renaissance, where they were used as supporting elements of parapets and railings to carry the heavily decorated and usually profiled cover plates on stairs, stair wells, terraces and balconies as a handrail or banister. These types of balustrades include, in addition to the balusters, a top and bottom rail, handrail and pedestal, which we can also manufacture for you. Balusters are also used as decorative corner pieces, replacing the earlier Gothic pinnacles.