Stairs are a prominent feature of most homes, so getting the design right is vital. A gorgeous staircase can make a amazing centrepiece to impress your guests, in addition to serving a practical function. But looks are just part of this story – security is another very important issue. Many older staircases fall short of modern standards, so replacing your stair banisters will help bring your house up to scratch. Here are a few Choices you will need to Create:

Which materials?

Most household staircases are produced from wood, but metal and glass are gaining popularity. Timber will still be part of the staircase, at least as much as the treads and supporting structure are involved, but you can opt to combine wooden stairs parts with glass panels or steel spindles (also referred to as balusters) for a more modern appearance. Wood is a beautifully warm, versatile material that will suit any setting. It’s excellent for a wide selection of layouts, including curved staircase, turned newels and unique styles of handrail. Wooden stair spindles, in particular, can be easily worked into all types of decorative shapes – or left plain for a minimalist look.

Metallic stair balusters formed to resemble wrought iron are really popular now, with a large selection of both traditional and modern designs available on the market. Durable and decorative, they can easily be painted to match the rest of the decor if needed. You may also obtain chrome or brushed nickel effect stair spindles for an ultra-modern texture. Glass panels may look stunning on a banister rail, and are best for poorly lit spaces since they allow light to flow freely around the room. They can be put together with wooden or metal handrails and newels – as well as glass treads, for anybody eager to bring some contemporary glamour.

Which handrail design?

There are two main kinds of handrail system: post-to-post and over-the-post. The most powerful, most popular and economical design is post-to-post. In this system, the handrail runs between the newels and is fitted to the sides of the newel posts with traditional mortise and tenon joints. Within an over-the-post configuration, also referred to as a continuous handrail system, the rail runs on the top of the newel posts, often ending in a decorative swirl called a volute. This layout is more elaborate and eye-catching, but a little less sturdy than the post-to-post system. But it can look stunning and is considered as an indication of quality by buyers.

Staircase safety

When revamping your staircase, you can take the chance to bring them up to date concerning safety in addition to style. The most important modern law, brought in to stop tiny children getting trapped, is that no gap anywhere on a stairs ought to be large enough to get a 100mm sphere to pass through.