How to Install Stair Spindles

Updated February 21, 2017

Stair spindles help to support the hand railing and offer added safety to avoid falling and slipping between the hand railing and staircase or floor. Stair spindles also add style and elegance to your staircase. Whether your current spindles need replacing or you are installing spindles from scratch, it’s a fairly easy project to do yourself.

Choose a design of stair spindles that matches the railing. It’s recommended to use the same building material as the railing. For example, if you have a wood railing, it’s recommended to use wood spindles.

Measure the circumference of the top of the spindle. Drill a hole using a hand drill and drill bit on the bottom of the hand railing the same size of circumference of the spindle.

Apply wood glue, or epoxy for metal spindles, on the outer part of the spindle that will go into the railing.

Slide the spindle into the hole on the bottom of the railing. Apply more glue, or epoxy, if needed for a secure fit. Let the glue dry completely before continuing, depending on the glue or epoxy, it could take up to 24 hours.

Apply glue, or epoxy, to the bottom of the spindle that will meet with the stairs. Place the spindle on the stair and wipe any excessive glue or epoxy off the stair and spindle.

Allow the glue, or epoxy, to dry completely before using the hand railing to avoid movement of the spindle.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand railing
  • Spindles
  • Hand drill and appropriate drill bit
  • Wood glue or epoxy
  • Clean cloth
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