A volute is a spiral layout element often found on handrails of traditional staircases. Also called a whorl, it’s comparable to the unfurling scroll that is common in Greek architecture.

FGY Architects

The volute is the decorative turnout at the base of a staircase. In this picture the seam where the two combined handrail bits meet is known as the up ramp.

Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction

Volutes spiral into the right or to the left of the staircase depending on the placement of the baluster.

Image Design Stairs

The volute is an extravagant gesture adding personality to an otherwise linear staircase.

Siemasko + Verbridge

The coil of this volute can be simple, or it can be exaggerated, as with this wonderful piece of woodwork. When the handrail ends with a single twist, the detail is known as a turnout.

Advantage Contracting

Beneath this volute the curtail is visible. The curtail is the curved staircase tread which extends beyond the first step at the exterior of the baluster.

Solaris Inc..

The vertical rod that is more robust compared to the encompassing spindles is known as the volute newel, and it supports both the volute at its center.

Cairn Construction Inc..

Another option for a staircase landing is to simply use a large newel post, which is located at the beginning of the baluster and forgoes any spiraled woodwork.

LLC, Melaragno Design Company

Some newel posts have curved decorative components adorning them, like this ball finial.

Island Architects

This newel post and a volute are combined.

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