Where to start when planning a new staircase

Are you making alterations at home?

The stairs are frequently overlooked and pushed to the bottom of the priority list, but they are likely to be the first thing you see when you step over the threshold. Which is why, it’s essential they look their best.

Here we take a look at what you need to do to ensure your stair renovation project runs smoothly.

  1. Pick a design and style – before you do anything, you need to envisage what you want your new staircase to look like.

Think about the style of your house; is it classic or contemporary? Do you want the stairs to be a striking focal point or to complement the era of your house? It’s also worth asking yourself whether there are any major issues with the existing structure, or are you simply looking for a refresh?

  • Decide if the staircase needs replacing completely – if the steps are too steep or too narrow, they’re affected by woodworm, or you want to move them to another part of the house, you might consider replacing your entire staircase.

However, worn treads, broken or missing spindles, and wobbly banisters can all be fixed and replaced. And you’d be surprised how much of a difference swapping old staircase parts for new ones can make!

  • Choose a material – ranging from traditional timbers to sleek metal and contemporary glass panels, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Softwoods, such as hemlock and pine, are usually more affordable and can be painted or stained in a hue of your choice. Hardwoods are stronger and offer a more luxurious, natural finish. Metal, chrome, and glass staircases are typically easier to clean, maintaining their lustrous look for years.

  • Measure your staircase – when ordering staircase parts, you want to make sure that you order the right quantity and size.

So, before you add the parts you need to your basket, measure your current structure. You’ll need to know the size of the treads and risers which make up the steps, as well as the balustrade (including the spindles or panels, handrail, base rail, and newel posts).

  • Set yourself a budget – not everyone can afford to splurge on a brand new staircase and, if money is tight, renovating your stairs will be the least expensive option.

There are a number of ways you can minimise your costs – simple things, like swapping wooden spindles for metal ones, installing a new handrail, adding a lick of paint to the walls beside your staircase or the steps themselves, or using a stair runner.

Need an expert opinion?

Whether you’re renovating or replacing your staircase, it can be a daunting task.

If there is anything that you’re unsure about or you’re lacking inspiration, it’s always worth seeking professional advice.

As an approved UK stockist of Richard Burbidge staircase parts, Wonkee Donkee Richard Burbidge provides only the best stair parts, and the team is always on hand to guide and advise you.

Offering competitive prices and guaranteed 48-hour delivery, they can help you transform your tired staircase without breaking the bank! So, why not call them on 01938 55 77 33 today?