3 signs it’s time to pay attention to your staircase's design

3 signs it’s time to pay attention to your staircase's design

Although used multiple times a day, your staircase is likely overlooked when it comes to the design of your home.

Staircase wear and tear isn’t unusual. However, over time, this can not only lead to your staircase looking a bit drab but can also cause both structural and safety issues.

Fortunately, fixing these issues doesn’t always mean replacing the entire thing – a few small changes and replacement stair parts can make the world of difference.

Here are 3 signs it’s time to update your staircase.

1.      Your steps are starting to sound creaky.

Although not always a safety issue, creaky steps are downright annoying.

Noisy stairs are usually caused by gaps between your treads and risers. This makes them an easy fix – simply identify the offending steps then nail the treads and risers together securely.

However, if you notice quite a few steps are creaky, this could be a structural issue – like loose or broken treads, for example. These issues might seem small now, but they could lead to larger safety issues if left untouched.

If your treads and risers are on the older side, you could take this opportunity to replace them with newer, more durable ones that are sure to last for years to come.  

2.      The design is starting to look dull and dated.

Although this doesn’t pose a structural or safety problem, a dull staircase design can really affect the whole design of your home.

Take a step back and consider your home’s style. How could you incorporate this into your staircase?

Perhaps you have a carpet in your hall – continuing this carpet up your stairs and onto your landing will create a cohesive feel, plus a cushioned carpet underneath your feet is always a welcome addition. This is a great way to tie in the design of your home without replacing any major stair parts.

Or maybe metal fixtures are featured around your home. Consider replacing your wooden handrail or spindles with alternatives in this same material to ensure your staircase compliments the rest of your home.

If your home is full of natural light, glass panels are a great addition. Replacing your spindles with glass panels will allow this natural light to flow throughout your staircase, opening it up and creating a much-appreciated airy feel.

3.      Current staircase regulations aren’t being met.

Building regulations were created to ensure safety at all times. One area these regulations cover is domestic staircases.

Ensuring your staircase adheres to these regulations is paramount when it comes to the safety of your family.

For example, each step should be the same height as the next – the minimum height being 150mm and the maximum being 220mm. The only exception to this rule is when there’s a landing area to break them up.

Staircases designed in the 1960s and 1970s often featured horizontal panels rather than spindles, as these were the go-to fashion. Since then, building regulations have evolved to state any designs that can be climbed on should be avoided in a building where children under 5 years of age have access. This includes these horizontal panels.

So, if any of your stair parts don’t meet the staircase regulations, you’ll want to consider updating these.

Buy your stair parts from the experts.

Whether you’re looking to replace a wobbly handrail, want to upgrade your spindles or simply want to explore your options, you can be sure to find the perfect stair parts here at Stair Crazy.

Just browse our range of products online. Or, if you’d prefer to speak to someone about your requirements, get in touch.

Call us on 01942 365 509 or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.