Ba­sic Stair­case Ter­mi­nol­ogy

Condé Nast House & Garden - - SMART SPACES -

Balustrad­ing The col­lec­tive name for the com­plete assem­bly of handrails, base rails, newels, spin­dles and caps.

go­ing The go­ing of a flight of stairs is the hor­i­zon­tal dis­tance be­tween the face of the first and last ris­ers. The in­di­vid­ual go­ing of a step is mea­sured from face of riser to face of riser and for do­mes­tic use should be a min­i­mum of 220mm.

rake The pitch of the stairs.

riser The board that forms the face of the step. The max­i­mum in­di­vid­ual rise for do­mes­tic flights is 220mm.

tread Top or hor­i­zon­tal sur­face of a step.

Win­ders Ra­di­at­ing steps that are nar­rower at one end, used to change the di­rec­tion of stairs through 90° or 180°.

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