Today I am sharing how to make iron balusters look expensive for under $2. If you have a stairway wall that you want to open up in your house, I am going to show you how to save money using plain baluster and adding decorative stair knuckles to make it look expensive.
Baluster knuckles are the decorative element that is fastened to the center of a stair baluster which make the baluster look expensive.
How much do iron balusters cost?
Did you know that you can make cheap iron stair balusters look expensive for less than $2 each?
Yes, a simple stair knuckle (which are usually under $2 each) takes a boring iron baluster from ugly to pretty in seconds!
Iron balusters can vary in price but plain hollow black ones like we picked, are under $12 for a box of 5. You can see them here on Amazon.
Just make sure if you buy a 1/2″ baluster, you buy 1/2″ shoes and knuckles.
Installing iron balusters on an angle
Here is a link to a box of 15 / black satin balusters.
Don’t miss our blog post, why we opened up our basement staircase and installed balusters to get the step by step guide on how to install the balusters.
Balusters without a shoe
I personally like the idea of having shoes at the top and bottom of the balusters but many opt to not have them.
For our basement and look, the balusters with shoes looked the best.
Here is what balusters look like with no shoe.
If you have a large decorative design in the center of your baluster as shown below, I think the no shoe look is very simple, clean and pretty.
Stairway Baluster Shown by Stairway House
You can see below that we alternated every other stair baluster with a knuckle to create an expensive baluster look.
Iron balusters with a shoe and knuckle
We also also opted for an adjustable knuckle verses a snap on knuckle.
Adjustable knuckles have a small screw that you loosen to slide the knuckle up and down.
Once you get the knuckle in the middle or wherever you want it, just tighten the screw.
You can see the small screw hole above in the knuckle.
This designer tip on how to make cheap iron balusters look expensive, is so simple and anyone can do it.
Do you have a stairway you would like to open up? Be sure to read our blog post, “why we opened up our basement stairway and installed iron balusters.”