Cable Rail for Interior Wood Stairs

Project ID: #1104

Foyer First Impressions

These before and after photos of a staircase show a change from wood rail and carpet to sleek wooden treads and coordinating black metal cable rail. While the before is certainly nothing too terrible, the generic wood rail found in so many builder-grade homes adds nothing. The worst offender, however, is the steps enfolded in thick carpet, which instantly dates and degrades the whole foyer. Time for some changes!

Anything But Standard

The first step is to rip out the carpet and install new wood steps, and at that point, the railing has to be replaced. The final product is a high contrast black metal frame with stainless steel cable rail. This creates a high impact for this single-family home and completely changes the feeling. Located in the foyer and highly visible above the great room, this successful home update was a huge improvement over the old wooden rail and dated carpet.

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What is Cable Rail for Interior Stairs?

Cable rail for interior wood stairs will use either a wooden framing system, or a metal one, as shown here. Metal was chosen in part because it supports more modern aesthetics. Metal railing is also strong, which is necessary for the cables. Finally, the framing is thinner than what would be required for wood posts, so it lowers the visual obstruction, just like the cable rails themselves. The cable rail for the interior stairs is threaded through each post. The ends are winched tight and terminate into stainless steel fittings which are crimped to hold the railing taut and keep things in place.

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Code Compliant Railing that’s also Beautiful

Homes will require railing to keep them both code-compliant, as well as safe. You may be considering metal as the material to use for your railings. Steel, stainless steel, and aluminum are among the most common metals for these projects. When you work with a custom fabrication shop, like Great Lakes Metal Fabrication, you can choose details to enhance the architecture of your home. In conclusion, railing doesn’t have to just be a necessity in your home; you can make it functional art! Enjoy the investment, reap the rewards.