How to Install Deck Balusters

Deck Baluster Installation Methods

An important factor to note when deciding which balusters will work best for your area is how those balusters will be attaching to your deck. There are two main modes of installing your spindles:

  1. Installing between your top and bottom rails. Learn More ?
  2. Installing on the side of your top and bottom rails. Learn More ?
Close up of Deckorators Round Level Baluster Conntector installed on a cedar rail

Example of between the rails installation

Close up of Deckorators Round Level Baluster Conntector installed on a cedar rail

Example of a face-mount baluster installation

Installing Balusters In-Between Rails

The most common installation style of baluster is fastening the spindles in the middle of the top and bottom rails. This can be done either by using a coordinating connector at either end of the baluster or by routering out a small hole in the two rails for each baluster to be inserted into. This in-between mounting method will be a great choice for any style of deck as it allows you to have a polished look for your balusters from both inside and outside views.

Baluster Connectors

Unless installing your balusters into your rails via a routered hole, choosing the baluster connector you’ll be using is your next step. Baluster connectors, also known as baluster shoes, are needed at both the top and bottom end of each spindle. Balusters are typically packaged in packs of 10, while baluster connectors are usually packaged in a coordinating set of 20. This allows your quantities to go hand in hand while ordering. The majority of baluster connectors will fit the standard