Traditional brass stair rods date back to the late 19th century, when they were used to attach a stair runner to a staircase. Today, we use gripper, a far more secure method, and the stair rods are purely decorative. However, refurbished antique stair rods make not only an attractive decorative feature but add a touch of authentic, old-world charm.
Antique brass rods typically turn up in attics, on Ebay and at auctions. More often than not, they are found minus the brackets, are dented, very dusty and have an unattractive matt finish. There is no need to despair – they can be refurbished with a bit of “TLC”.
Replacement rod brackets
New stair rod brackets are sold in pairs. The older rods tend to have a triangular shape and triangular brackets are hard to find. Today’s brackets tend to have a larger hole than the original ones, so ask for the foam inserts to go with them so they don’t rattle.
Alternatively, for cylindrical stair rods you will need brackets designed for round rods.
Polishing and straightening antique stair rods
Refurbishing antique stair rods includes removing dents and straightening crooked rods. Sometimes, they are just too damaged and delicate to tackle but the solid, round brass rods are normally worth a try. Repolishing brass stair rods also makes a world of difference, bringing them back to life with a smart, polished brass or antique brass finish.
Stairrods UK offers a refurbishing service – the cost depends on what state your rods are in. Alternatively, you can always buy a new set of traditionally styled stair rods, complete with brackets, in a pre-antiqued finish. There are some great designs on our website.