Are these spindles weight bearing?

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Are these two spindles holding a wall up or can they be removed? I’m guessing they can just be taken out but wanted to ask!

q are these spindles weight bearing
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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 13, 2021

    Hi, When I looked carefully at the ceiling it looks as if it has a slight bow! So maybe they were put there to shore it up? To be certain, as a Building Surveyor or Engineer to advise you.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Sep 13, 2021

    Hi! They shouldn't be BUT, I think that wall may have been opened up at some point and the spindles were added. If it is a load bearing wall, it would have to be properly framed and the weight above supported. A contractor should be able to tell you if it's a load bearing wall. Good luck!

    • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Sep 13, 2021

      The weight below also must be properly supported if they are weight-bearing (which they appear to have been an attempt to be). This means concrete footings, etc.

  • They are pretty thin for support beams, but, I would have a professional contractor take a look to be sure.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 13, 2021

    I doubt they would be as they are rather small. You can try to figure it out from the attic. I also found this article:

    https://www.thespruce.com/determining-load-bearing-wall-1822005


    If it turns out they are, you can replace with a beam at the ceiling or some other type of post you like the style better.

  • William William on Sep 13, 2021

    No they're not. Just a knee wall separation between two rooms. They can be removed with no problem. The railing and spindles are UUGH!

  • Em Em on Sep 13, 2021

    Spindles are decorative not weight bearing. Someone may have used them improperly because they removed a portion of a weight bearing wall.

  • I would ask a professional. Better to be safe than to remove them and be sorry!

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 13, 2021

    Hello, they look like someone's idea of decor, but not weight bearing.

  • Dee Dee on Sep 13, 2021

    Does not look load bearing, but go up in the attic and see which way the beams are running to make sure.

  • Rho49092349 Rho49092349 on Sep 13, 2021

    Highly unlikely. I took mine out and it looks SO much better!


  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 13, 2021

    No they are not.

    Here is one way you can tell for sure:

    Look at the bottom of the post to see how it is attached to the rest of the structure. If it does not go down completely into and under the floor (and down into the basement if the house has one,)but goes only to the top of the horizontal railing piece, then it is definitely Not load-bearing.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 13, 2021

    Calling a 'professional' will be a waste of time. It is highly unlikely that anyone will give you a verbal answer without first seeing a picture of the situation.

    There is no need to pay for someone to come out to the house either, as you can check yourself in this case.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 13, 2021

      Although the picture is not close up of the corner, I would say from seeing this much, that the end posts appear to be just sitting on top of the horizontal piece.


      Do you have a large hammer or rubber mallet? Give it a couple of whacks to see how easily it will break, and then you should be able to yank it out.

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 13, 2021

    I wouldn't guess have a pro look at this.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 13, 2021

    As far as installing a barn door, keep in mind that the metal railing can be quite heavy, depending upon the weight of the door that you want to hang. Make sure there is enough space on the top wooden portion to mount the required robust hardware that will be required to anchor the moving door securely, before you begin the project.

  • William William on Sep 13, 2021

    They are to thin to and don't have the strength to provide any support. I assume someone put them up and the rails just to separate the rooms and define the step down/up so no one trips.

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 14, 2021

    Hi Jen: I agree with William, they seem too thin to be of any use except decorative. I would guess that they are not weight bearing at all.