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Home > Products > Porches - START HERE! > ONLINE PORCH GUIDE > Understanding the Porch > Decorative Porch Parts > The Balustrade > Baluster Info > Height and Size Considerations for Balusters

Height and Size Considerations for Balusters


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Height
While local building codes should always be followed, Handrails are visually pleasing at a height of 30" - 32". For second story porches and balconies, at least 36" is necessary for safety. Please see our Exterior Baluster Height Calculator to determine which Baluster length will achieve your desired Handrail height. We can cut your Balusters to length.


Size
If using Turned Balusters, our 3" size is much better than 2" when used with 6" Porch Posts. If the budget allows, this size is also more pleasing with 5" Posts. To achieve the best effect, spacing should be about 6" on center.

A very cost effective solution is our 2" x 3" Cedar Baluster. If you install them with the 3" side facing toward the street they will look more like 3" Balusters, but are much less expensive.

Our 4" Cedar Balusters should only be used with 6" Posts. When the budget will allow they provide a very substantial effect. We have Handrail, Subrail, and Sloped-top Bottom Rail, to fit our 4" Balusters.



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