More Wood Baluster Designs
Predominantly used on Victorian porches, sawn balusters rightly have a place on almost any porch. What
may seem like intricate cuts, the designs are often created by the adjoining pieces.
For Your Front Porch
These porch railings are usually custom made.
For one thing we are certain, a sawn balustrade definitely creates curb appeal. You are only limited by your imagination when selecting a design or pattern for your porch.
You can add beauty to your porch with sawn balusters.
Take a Look at These Baluster Ideas
As you will see from the following photos, sawn balusters can be made from almost any pattern and be as
simple or as intricate as you can imagine - and cut! Many designs are actually created by adjoining pieces as they are by
the actual baluster itself.
Sawn balusters are sometimes referred to as fret sawn. This refers to a fret saw (much like a coping saw or scroll saw) which is used
to cut intricate patterns. Notice how, in the photo above, you actually focus on the pattern of the open space of the
balusters rather than the actual picket itself.
We really like the clean look of the balusters (photo above). It has real charm and like an optical illusion, you
can see several neat patterns emerge.
The balusters make a nice backdrop for the flowers. When designing your balustrade, you might want to
also consider what will be placed in front of it, if anything.
This pattern appears elsewhere on the page but is in a different color. Note how color changes the overall
look of the pattern. It might be a good idea to experiment with both color and design when creating your
Also note in our photos, how the color of the rails affect the overall appeal. Complementary colors, instead of
using the same color as the balusters, can also have dramatic affects.
Wow - that's color. This may not work for every porch but when it does, it gets noticed!
Don't forget your stair railing. You could opt for different balusters but it does add extra charm when
you continue it down your stairs.
Here's another example of replicating the pattern but with a different color. In this case, two additional
colors are added to the top rail for a unique look.
One of my favorites. I found this in a small New England town and thought it interesting. I hadn't seen
this pattern before and I like it.
This pattern includes an extra piece at the top. You could also design it to have a duplicate piece at
the bottom to create an entirely different pattern.
This pattern takes your eyes right to the center holes created by the overall pattern. Striking to say the least.
Sawn Baluster Patterns
You can either make the pieces yourself or purchase sawn patterns. Here are a few examples from Vintage Woodworks.com
along with a photo of their work on a porch. Our Section on Porch Parts has a convenient link to Vintage Woodworks; we invite you to discuss your project with them.
Have photos of unique balusters? Send them to us so we can share them with our other