Stair Basics

Hand Rail System Types

Photo of Cooper Stairs Over The Post HandrailOver the Post

Handrail runs over the newels using a series of fittings. This design provides a continuous handrail.

Post to Post

Handrail runs between a series of newels.


Types of Stairs

Straight Stairs

Straight stairs can be just as elaborate as curved stairs, when considered in parts, a straight stair is full of architectural details, each contributing to the visual impact of the whole.

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Curved Stairs

Known for designing and producing the finest quality custom curved staircases, the Cooper Stairworks system of curved design options are available with your choice of pre-fitted rail systems made from custom or stock components.

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Unsupported Stairs

An unsupported staircase, also known as a “flying” or “gallery” staircase is either unsupported by walls on either one or two sides and open underneath. This makes a dramatic impact, both in the room as a whole and on the person ascending the stairs. They are extremely difficult to construct properly from scratch on-site.

Flared Stairs

Flared stairs have a straight run and widen at the bottom.

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