Your stair tread options explained

Your stair tread options explained

Whether you realise it or not, your staircase is at the heart of your home. Its design has a real impact on the rest of your space.

So, it really shouldn’t be an afterthought when it comes to renovating your home – no one wants a tired looking staircase in a fresh, well designed home.

Thankfully, stair renovations don’t need to cost an arm and a leg. You only need to replace one or two stair parts to give your staircase a fresh, new feel.

Your stair treads and risers – the steps within your staircase – are a great place to start when it comes to updating your staircase.

In this blog, we’re going to discuss your options when it comes to upgrading your treads.


Add some comfort with carpet treads

Carpet is an easy way to elevate the cosy feel of your home.

Not only does carpet bring an effortless warmth to your staircase, but it also dulls loud footsteps. Perfect for a busy home.

The carpet you use on your stairs will need to be durable because it will be well used, but this doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style. Many carpets are now designed to be easily maintained and stain resistant whilst also retaining their style.

There’s lots you can do with colour too.

Match your stair treads to the carpet colour on your landing or in the hall (or to the paint on the walls) to create a consistent look and make the space feel bigger, or contrast colours using lights and darks or different shades.


The stripped back look with added protection

Love them or hate them, wooden steps are a popular choice in many homes.

So, it can be tempting to leave your treads and risers bare to try and achieve this look. However, this puts your steps at risk of premature wear and tear meaning they’ll likely need to be replaced earlier than planned.  

Hardwood treads offer a natural, solid look and feel to your stairs.

You can combine them with wooden spindles and handrails for a contemporary feel, or create a modern, industrial, looking staircase by adding a metal handrail and spindles.

If you’re on a budget, wood cladding treads create the same solid wood effect at a fraction of the cost.

Covering your stairs with cladding is also a great way to protect them from early wear and tear, as well as accidental damage.

If you’d prefer not to cover your treads at all, consider replacing your old treads with newer, durable ones – especially if they’re quite old.


Have the best of both worlds with a carpet runner

Choosing between the simplicity of a stripped back staircase and the homely feel of a carpeted staircase can be a tough decision.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an option for both?

You’re in luck. A carpet runner provides an elegant yet comfortable look and feel to your staircase.

A carpet runner runs along the middle of your staircase from the bottom to the top, leaving a few inches of exposed stair on each side.

Because a carpet runner requires less material than a fully carpeted staircase, you might be able to splurge slightly on an even better quality carpet whilst staying within your budget.


Create a sleek look with a tiled staircase

A tiled staircase isn’t for everyone. However, when done correctly, it can prove to be a sleek, charming addition to any home.

Choose a neutral tile that matches your hall and landing for a staircase that effortlessly blends into its surroundings. Or opt for a bright, bold or even patterned tile to create a gorgeous focal point.

You don’t need to tile your whole staircase to achieve this fantastic detail. Instead, you could choose to tile just your risers. This will create a simple yet attractive focal point. 


High quality stair parts from Stair Crazy

If you’re thinking about upgrading your staircase, browse our range of stair parts.

If you have any questions, or would like to get our expert advice, get in touch today. Simply call us on 01942 365 509 or email us at