L.J. Smith Stair Systems

A heritage of American craftsmanship

Selecting the component styles for your stairway should be simple, not complicated. L.J. Smith makes this process very easy with these “Four Steps for Selecting a Beautiful Stair System.” As you review these steps, you will notice that we offer a very wide variety of styles from which to choose. Our wood stair parts are available in Alder, Ash, Beech, Birch, Cherry, Hemlock, Hickory, Mahogany, Maple, Poplar, Oak, Teak and Walnut. However, we will quote other species as well. Our wood balusters are also available with a factory primer coating. We also offer an ornamental iron collection of newels and balusters in these attractive finishes: Silver Vein, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Matte Black, Satin Black, Antique Bronze and Oil Rubbed Copper.


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Step One: Choose Your Style of Stairway

To simplify the selection process, begin by choosing either the POST TO POST style or OVER THE POST style of stairway.

Step 2: Choose Treads/Kneewall

After selecting a stairway style, there are a couple more style decisions that need to be made before selecting the stairway components. First, decide if the stairway will have Open Treads or a Kneewall and what tread treatment will be utilized.


Step 3: Select a Baluster

When selecting a wood baluster style, you can choose either a Square Top or a Pin Top style. See available wood baluster styles or iron baluster styles.

Step 4: Select Handrail/Posts

A corresponding handrail to the selected baluster is then chosen. The newel post style is determined by the chosen baluster and corresponding handrail.