These 1 5/8″ wide square wood balusters are very popular for higher end decks and smaller porches. Thicker and more robust than the typical 1 3/8″ plain square wood balusters you typically see at lumber yards. These aren’t your low-end 2×2’s found off the rack. Each baluster is individually sanded and inspected to be perfect for your project, and Made in America. These are high quality stain-grade, but are often painted for exterior baluster use. Sometimes called “square spindles”, square wood balusters are more cost effective than turned spindles.
Actual Width: 1 5/8″. Specify length. Bottom notch option reduces length by 1/8″.
Use with our 4″ Porch Rail System
Spacing & Quantity: To meet the 4″ ball rule required by most building codes, space these plain square balusters every 5 1/2″ On Center. That will leave a 3 7/8″ gap between them.
What length baluster should I choose?
Using our 4-piece Porch Rail System with a 2″ to 4″ toe space, the following heights will result:
20″ Baluster: 29″ – 31″ (commonly used for historic and/or decorative railing)
26″ Baluster: 35″ – 37″ (commonly used to meet the 36″ residential code)
32″ Baluster: 41″ – 43″ (commonly used to meet the 42″ commercial code)
Using our 3-piece Porch Rail System with a 2″ to 4″ toe space, the following top rail heights will result:
20″ Baluster: 26″ – 28″
26″ Baluster: 32″ – 34″
32″ Baluster: 38″ – 40″
36″ Baluster: 42″ – 44″
Premium acrylic primer in flat white available as an option, which allows for immediate installation. Expect some blemishes in the primer from shipping. This is normal and will not affect the finished result when painted after installation.
Concerned about stair balusters and sloped bottom rail? Read this article: How To Cut Stair Balusters for Sloped Bottom Rail
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For ProsDownload Product Drawings:
- American Porch Wood Balustrade Specifications (.doc)
- Wood Balustrade Structural Testing (PDF)
- 1.625 Square Baluster Drawing PDF
- Wood Balustrade Install Instructions (PDF)
- How To Cut Stair Spindles for Sloped Bottom Rail (PDF)