The starting step is the first step and riser at the bottom of the stair that you will take while walking up a staircase, it is also the focal point for anyone who walks through the front door. Adding a new starting step to your stair is probably one of the most inexpensive ways to create an elegant look. Besides the cosmetic appeal, starting steps allow the balusters to form a wider, more stable base for the end of the handrail. Handrails that simply end at the post at the foot of the stairs can be less sturdy, even with a thick newel post. Affordable Stair Parts offers a variety of shapes, wood species and designs that will take your breath away.