Staircases don’t merely serve a functional role, they are an aesthetic asset too and do wonders for ramping up the value of your home. If you’re looking for a little inspiration or a whole lot of information about stepping up the style factor in your home, you’ve come to the right place…
What To Consider
Budget: Probably the first thing you should consider, your budget will largely dictate the style and size of your staircase, as well as the materials you’ll use so decide how much money you’re willing to put into this investment and go from there.
Design: Straight stairs, quarter landing stairs, half landing stairs, winder stairs, arched stairs, spiral stairs, compact stairs….there are numerous options available. Keep in mind that each design comes with its own rhythm, pattern and shape that will ultimately add to the look and feel of your home.
Materials: Concrete, wood, glass, brick, stone, and metal are all common materials used in staircases construction. Choose your materials based on style and design of your home. Tiles with a rough surface and stone or concrete are low maintenance and offer maximum durability. They also provide good grip which will ensure less slipping and tripping. The downside is that they can be cold and noisy. Hardwood planks and glass are ideal for a luxurious feel, while still being durable. A carpeted staircase is, of course the best option in terms of safety and cancels out noise, but the fibre needs to be carefully considered in terms of the amount of daily traffic – densely woven, low-profile wool carpets are best.
Handrails: When it comes to choosing a handrail for your staircase the two most important factors are safety and style. You want a handrail that allows for safe walking and movement up and down the staircase, and is sturdy and provides support when leant on and gripped. The most common material used for handrails are wood and steel. Wooden handrails enhance other wood features of the home and can be intricate in design, while a stainless steel option offers a sleeker more contemporary feel.
Safety & Comfort Regulations
1. The run length should be 9 inches (23 cm) or longer for enough foot space 2. The riser height should be 8.25 inches (21cm) or lower 3. The nosing protrusion length should be 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) or lower to prevent tripping on the nosing 4. The headroom is recommended to be 6 feet and 8 inches (203 cm) or higher 5. The stair width is recommended to be 35 inches (89cm) or longer 6. The height of the handrail, measured from the nose of the tread, is recommended to be between 34 and 38 inches (86 to 97 cm) 7. The comfortable size of handrail diameter is between 1.25 and 2.68 inches (3.2 to 6.8 cm) 8. Doors are normally not allowed to swing over steps. The arc of doors should be on the landing or floor completely.
Add an eye-catching carpet: A brightly coloured carpet or graphic runner cascading down a staircase gives the stairway added texture, tone and pattern, and can also be used to warm up an otherwise cold space.
Paint the steps: Add extra pizzaz to your staircase with a fresh lick of paint. For a more muted palette think creams, greys and earthy tones or go bold and use brighter hues if you want your staircase to be a feature in your home.
Apply wallpaper or mosaic to the risers: The risers of a staircase are the perfect spot to get creative. Use mosaics or wallpaper to create an instant statement piece.
Display artwork and photographs: Why should artwork and photographs be restricted to other rooms of your home? The wall that runs along your staircase is a perfect canvas for displaying your favourite artwork or creating a photo gallery, and makes for an impressive entry to the spaces beyond.
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