UK Stair Parts

Baserails Buying Guide

Posted on Thu July 12th 2018 by James Speke

The base rail is one of the most important parts of any staircase, as well as adding an important design element into the staircase, it also provides a massive amount of structural support. In this buying guide, we look at the humble baserail in more detail, and look at why this part is the foundation of any top class staircase.

Which part is the Baserail?

The Base Rail, also known under the term ‘bottom track’ runs parallel along the staircase – from the bottom of the staircase, right to the top. At either end of the baserail are newel posts – and along the baserail there are spindles, or glass, at the top of these spindles – there is usually a handrail.

There are a couple of different types of baserails available too, depending upon the design and requirements of your staircase. There are Grooved base rails – which spindles can fit into easily, ungrooved baserails which work well with clamps and brackets, as well as glass grooved baserails – which feature a deep groove into which glass sits comfortably.

If a base rail needs changing, many customers also choose to replace their newel posts and handrails at the same time.

Base Rail Sizes

Base Rails are available in an infinite number of sizes – and can be made bespoke to suit each staircase. Typically though, base rails are sold in the following lengths: 1.8 metres, 2.4 metres, as well as 4.2 metres.

Finding the size required is pretty simple too, just measure the existing base rail which runs up for your stairs, on the same angle.

Base Rail Wood Types

Base Rails are available in a wide range of wood, allowing you to find the perfect base rail for your budget & staircase. As a brief overview, the following baserail woods are available:

  • Pine
  • Hemlock
  • Mahogany
  • Ash
  • Oak
  • Walnut

You can view our full range of baserails here, and please do just get in touch if you have any question about this range – at all. At UK Stair Parts, Baserails have been a key part of our business operations and we have over thirty years in providing the right staircase products, to our customers at an excellent price point.