The primary considerations when choosing the material and style of your staircase


Numerous stair materials fill the market, with some more appealing than others. However, it’s safe to say that appeal and outlook aren’t all to consider when opting for a material that will stick with you for years to come when you’re moving furniture upstairs or bringing heavy-weight stuff downstairs. Needless to say, if you’re not down to frequently cleaning your glass stairs or know there’s a risk of damage to them, then you should opt for another material that can achieve the same modern or cutting-edge style. Other options to meet your stylistic preferences are lower maintenance and will offer you peace of mind knowing the risk of fissures, cracks, or other damages is excluded. 

Without delay, let’s see the most common, practical, and well-looking stair materials available, as well as the models and styles you can achieve with them to give your home a well-deserved, enchanting look. 

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Commonly used stair materials in households 

The material is possibly the most potent consideration that will help you determine the outcome you want to achieve and whether you’ll do the project yourself or reach out to stair design experts such as those in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Here are the most widespread materials that you’ll commonly have to choose from:  

  • Stone. You can easily turn to rock for your staircase for a timeless, chic look that makes a statement. The bold appearance justifies the rather pricey cost of building this type of staircase if you want to give your home a touch of extravagance. Quartz, marble, onyx, or granite are usually utilised in these projects, so if a neo-classical or baroque style is what you want, these materials are what you’re looking for. 
  • Concrete. Concrete is easily one of the most rigid and long-lasting materials, often made of crushed stone, gravel, and sand. It may have an industrial look, but the possibility of choosing decorative elements like marble tiles or slabs of stone will enhance its look. Usually, you can elevate it with railings in warm wood or veneer. 
  • Metal or steel. These two materials give a unique atmosphere to any home and are recognised as being highly pliable to numerous styles. Given their broad flexibility in terms of looks and style, you can inject a touch of modernism, industrialism, minimalism, and the list can continue. They’re enduring and easily installable, so if you’re looking to DIY, steel or material may prove a suitable option.  
  • Wood. Given its enduring, classic features, wood is one of the most widespread materials in households. Your home can easily achieve a rustic, traditional, or modern style. Suppose you easily get bored with the elements in your home. In that case, wooden stairs will allow you to breathe some fresh air as they’re easily paintable, parts are effortlessly replaceable, and you can change the carpets anytime. 
  • Glass. As stated above, glass isn’t for the faint of heart or those whose daily activities may damage the railings. These are prone to damage and can easily crack should you not pay sufficient attention. Otherwise, acrylic and glass look highly classy, making the place more spacious and airier. But to make it exude cleanliness, it’s important to wipe the glass surface approximately every one to two weeks.

Getting inspiration from the latest trends in staircase design  

Once you’ve selected a material that fits within your budget and aligns with your family’s requirements, the next logical step is to explore the available patterns, types, and styles. If there’s one aspect that can offer a homeowner the assurance needed that the chosen model will check the elements desired off their list, it can be how widespread the model chosen is. After all, it’s commonly found in many homes because of its efficiency and ability to elevate the house’s look. 

Without further ado, let’s explore three of the most popular options commonly met across awe-inspiring households: 

  • Cantilever. Also known as suspended or floating staircase, this trend has gained much traction lately in modern homes where uniqueness predominates. It offers a minimalist and unique impression that the stairs are floating in the air, delivering more visual interest than any other model encountered. However, this project is better left in the hands of a crew of specialists because it comes with extra structural requirements.
  • Spiral. This type of staircase is timeless, finding roots in the Middle Ages. It’s basically constructed around a central post that supports the steps. One of the main benefits of this type is the compactness provided, which is why they’re often in city lofts and beachfront desks, where space isn’t unlimited.
  • Multi-purpose. As the name suggests, if you want to add extra function to your stairs, the multi-purpose type will help you transform it from a simple structure into a place where you can deposit your belongings, keeping them far from the visitors’ eyes. 

Want a small space staircase? Consider these aspects first

Indeed, choosing a small space design for your property brings about challenges and aspects to assess. Safety should be the top priority when you craft your staircase plan or reach out to a crew to do the job for you, as not every type of addition meets any homeowner’s needs or house’s layout. For example, if children live in your home, you should focus on closed staircases. 

On the other hand, resorting to a small space staircase means you’re willing to do all the extra research needed, such as reviewing online models before visiting stores and making the purchase. You will further keep updated with the ever-evolving trends and make better-informed decisions. 

Lastly, the budget should not be taken lightly; you probably don’t want to overspend on your staircase construction project. When time is on your side, ensure you meticulously explore your available choices and communicate your needs clearly with the design company you hire. 

Whether you choose a DIY project or collaborate with a design company with expertise, make sure to project into the future to ensure your chosen material and style will meet tomorrow’s demands, too. 

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