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Solid Brass Stair Rods

The Akeman Collection 

CAT manufacture high-quality solid brass stair rods with a variety of finial designs. Rod Sizes include 10mm, 12.5mm, 16mm and 19mm diameter brass rod with 12.5mm being the most common. Brass finishes include polished brass, satin brass, antique brass & antique bronze. Silver stair rods include, chrome, satin chrome, nickel & satin nickel. 

10mm Brass Stair Rods

10mm Stair Rods

10mm Stair Rods are the smallest diameter rods CAT manufacture & are generally used in residential projects and smaller staircases.

12.5mm Brass Stair Rods

12.5mm Stair Rods

12.5mm Stair Rods have the largest choice of finial design & can be used for both residential & commercial projects. These are the most popular.

16mm Brass Stair Rods

16mm Stair Rods

16mm diameter solid brass stair rods are commonly used with wider commercial steps and double staircases such as theatres & hotels.

19mm Brass Stair Rods

19mm Stair Rods

19mm Diameter solid brass stair rods for use when wider steps are present, often used in hotels, mansions and external step installations.

Triangular Brass Stair Rods

Triangular Stair Rods

Triangular brass stair rods are a stylish alternative to traditional round rods. Triangular stair rods have a 22mm face & a choice of four finials. 

A Little History About Stair Rods

In the 18th Century Stair Rods appeared as a way of securing carpet or stair runners tightly to wooden staircases. The Stair Rod ran along the backside of the tread and was fixed on either side by two angles called stair rod eyes. The carpet could periodically be pulled down to reduce the wear from foot traffic especially on the corner of the steps. This process done professionally was designed to prolong the life of the carpet however could result in the carpet moving over time or shifting position suddenly.

Over the following decades this practice was phased out and fitted carpet became the standard. Today in the 21st Century stair rods have become a design feature in period properties and historic venues or decorative accents in innovative staircase design. Solid Brass Stair Rods and Antique Stair Rods are still popular in theatres and victorian properties where traditional design is sought-after. Nickel and Chrome Stair Rods are commonly used in contemporary properties with stair runners as a asthetic design feature. 

Measuring Stair Rods And Installation of Carpet Runners


For stair rods with turned finials, measure the full width of the runner and add a minimum of 100mm for 10mm, 12.5mm and 16mm rods.


For 19mm rods, rods with large finials & triangular rods, an additional 150mm is desirable having considered the width of the staircase available.

E.g. 1 - Stair Rods with turned finials, if carpet runner is 686mm (27”), overall rod size required tip to tip is 786mm minimum.

E.g. 2 - Stair Rods with large finials and triangular stair rods, carpet runner is 686mm (27”), overall rod size required tip to tip is 836mm minimum.



Fix eyes into the tread and riser directly alongside the edge of the carpet runner, leaving a gap of approximately 3mm (1/8”). For concrete stairs use rawl plugs for screw fixings.


When fixing stair rod eyes to timber stairs, screw into tread and riser. Note, if the wood is particularly hard, it may be required to pilot drill before fixing with screws.


Stair rods are for aesthetic purposes only. Always use wooden carpet gripper to fully secure the carpet on stairs.

The CAT customer service team is always happy to provide technical advice & assistance on how to measure and order CAT Stair Rods & eyes, please call on 01582 561 500.

How to Measure Stair Rods
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