Replacing and fitting newel posts

A newel post has been described by some as the crown jewel of a staircase and you can get some very ornate ones to make your staircase more grandiose. Here’s how you fit one.

Level of difficulty

Level 3: Advanced

Things you’ll need

Newel post metal mounting plate
Carpenter’s square
Thin wedges of wood

The steps to follow

  1. Cut the newel to your desired height. To secure the newel post on the floor, attach a metal mounting plate to its base. The metal mounting plate should be slightly larger than the base of the post and have four corner screw-holes which allow the post to be attached to the floor. Drill a hole in the middle of the post at the bottom. Make sure that the plate is square with the post, drill holes into the four corner holes, and screw in the mounting plate
  2. With a carpenter’s square, align an edge of the square to the edge of the staircase
  3. Fill in the gaps between the floor and the mounting plate with thin wedges of wood (shim it) and glue the edges of the mounting plate
  4. Drive screws into the floor through the mounting plate screw holes to fix the post to the floor

Please note that all our DIY guides and ‘Expert answers’ advice have been written strictly for reference only. Rated People do not accept any liability for any damage caused to an individual, property or anything else as a result of following our DIY guides and using our ‘Expert answers’ advice.

Share Button