The Benefits of Timber Stair Handrails


Staircases can be an indication of wealth in ones home. A double or triple storey house has more space and a much larger square footage than a single storey home, which is why the staircase has become somewhat of a centrepiece to be admired.

Like choosing the fixtures, building materials, and colour schemes carefully within your kitchen, bathroom, or dining area to create a specific style, vibe, or character to your home, the same attention should be paid to your staircase, including the material and make of the handrail.


Timber handrails on stairs

It may seem like a small detail that many would overlook, but the handrail of your staircase can create cohesion and flair to your living space if the material and design are chosen carefully. A disproportionate size, clashing style, or reflective material can drastically shift the unity and balance of the entire room or entranceway, so it’s crucial to chose not only the correct style for your handrail, but also the proper material.

Handrails can be made from stainless steel or aluminium in addition to timber, but these materials require constant polishing and attention, displaying greasy fingerprints from every hand that touches and slides across them. A timber handrail, on the other hand, avoids unnecessary and unwanted cleaning. Timber handrails may collect a small amount of dust, but it won’t expose dirt and grime the same way a reflective surface like stainless steel will.

Timber also provides a certain chic and elegance within your living space and will not clash with other mouldings and fittings in your home like stainless steel or aluminium can. A dark or light timber handrail set against the wall will draw attention away from the wall in high traffic areas where surfaces can bear the brunt of scuffs from shoes and bumps from rowdy children. Reflective handrails tend to draw attention back to the wall because you can see them being reflected in the bar.


Timber handrails on marble staird

The feel of timber on the palm of your hand is also more desirable than stainless steel or aluminium. Your hand slides down the smooth treated wood as you descend the stairs rather than it getting stuck or squeaking and squealing as you grip the other types of surfaces.

Timber never goes out of fashion either, plus you can also varnish or paint a timber handrail, whereas you’re stuck with the same look if you chose stainless steel or aluminium. Timber can be kept sleek and sheer in a modern home, or decorative with carved ornamental fittings on the ends in a period home. Wood is also durable and won’t bend, it won’t make a sound, and it won’t collect unsightly fingerprints. Need any more convincing?

At the Australian Moulding Company, we offer a number of timber varieties for handrails including Kiln Dried Hardwood (KDHW), Clear Pine, Finger Jointed Pine, American Oak, Meranti, and Western Red Cedar. We have other sorts of timber available upon request and feel confident we can match a timber handrail to any existing style or unique period characteristic in your home. See our accessories range here.