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Lamb’s Tongue

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By Mark Reed
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A lamb’s tongue treatment on a stair handrail is a decorative design element typically found at the ends of the handrails. It is characterized by a smooth, curved, and often slightly elongated shape that resembles the tongue of a lamb, hence the name.

This type of detail adds a touch of elegance and traditional craftsmanship to the handrail, often used in residential and commercial staircases to enhance aesthetic appeal.

What is a lamb’s tongue in construction?

A lamb’s tongue is a decorative, curling element at the ends of staircase handrails, adding a touch of elegance and craftsmanship.


  • Aesthetic Appeal: The lamb’s tongue detail adds a touch of elegance and sophistication, making the handrail a focal point in the staircase design.
  • Customization: The size, curvature, and style of the lamb’s tongue can be customized to match the overall design theme of the staircase and surrounding architecture.
  • Durability: When properly finished, a lamb’s tongue treatment on a handrail is durable and resistant to wear, ensuring it remains an attractive feature for years.

By incorporating a lamb’s tongue treatment, stair handrails not only become functional elements of safety and support but also contribute significantly to the aesthetic value of the interior design.

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