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Types of Stairs: Which One Suits Your Space?

Whilst you might have a particular staircase design in mind for your home, certain styles may be better suited for your space. For example, glass stairs can open up a hallway to allow more natural light in, whereas steel stairs and dark oak staircases can become the focal point of any room.

We’re here to guide you through the best materials to use for different types of stairs and their benefits, so you can make the right choice when renovating your staircase.

Renovating your staircase

If your existing staircase is structurally sound, there’s no need to replace it. Instead, you could renovate your existing stairs to achieve a completely new aesthetic.

A carefully-considered staircase renovation includes replacing newel posts, handrails, base rails, and spindles. Whether you have a small staircase or more room to work with, replacing the cosmetic components can entirely transform your hallway, with no mess and no building work.

Choosing the right materials

The materials, colour and finish you choose for your staircase renovation can give it an entirely new look. For example, wooden stairs can be designed in a traditional style to suit older properties, whilst dark oak or painted wooden stairs will add a modern twist to a more classic design.

Steel straight stairs can bring a contemporary, industrial feel to your interior, whilst glass panels or spindles help brighten up the space. Open plan stairs are another popular style for modern homes and can help tie together multiple floors, such as a gallery landing.

The different types of staircases

Consider which area the stairs are situated in and how this might impact the rest of the space. For example, a central staircase is more of a stand-out feature than a corner staircase, so you might want to make a bold statement with the colours, materials and finish. These are some of the most popular staircase designs to help you identify which type you have.

Straight stairs

Straight stairs are a favourite in many homes, thanks to their space-saving design. Straight wooden stairs can complement period features in traditional properties, whilst straight steel stairs add a modern aesthetic to any hallway or living room. Alternatively, replacing the existing spindles for glass panels can open up the space surrounding a straight staircase.

Curved stairs

Curved stairs offer an impressive entrance to your home. This fluid design can be adapted for modern or traditional interior styles, depending on your preference. For example, curved wooden stairs can be renovated to match the existing features of a period property, whilst steel curved stairs offer a contemporary feel.

Glass panelling can be added to curved stairs to introduce more light into the space. The curved design will dissipate light in unique ways throughout your hallway or living space.

L-shaped and U-shaped staircases

The angled configuration of L-shaped stairs allows you to showcase unique balustrade designs in steel or wood. If you’re looking to bring more light into your hallway from the upper floors, add glass panels to your L-shaped stairs.

U-shaped staircases, or ‘double winder staircases’ work in the same way, but have a full 180-degree turn at the half landing. Incorporating glass into U-shaped stairs is recommended since the balustrade is more closed off. Steel and timber can create a very artistic design but tend to make the stairs feel darker.

Imperial staircases

Imperial stairs typically incorporate a central staircase with two adjoining flights. They’re the most spacious staircase design and create a grand entrance to larger homes or mansions. Imperial staircases are typical of period properties, so wooden styles are most popular.

Bifurcated staircases

Sometimes known as split stairs, bifurcated staircases have a central flight which splits into two narrower staircases. These adjoining staircases head in opposite directions and reach the same level, much like imperial staircases but on a smaller scale.

At Neville Johnson, we offer bespoke staircase renovation s. Our expert design team can help you achieve a unique, made-to-measure staircase for your home. Request a brochure for more information on our staircase transformations or book a free design visit.

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“Our new staircase looks fantastic”

Our new staircase looks fantastic. We’ve had lots of compliments and it has transformed our hallway. The whole experience was great from beginning to end, from discussing our requirements to the finished article.

Mr & Mrs Begbie, Hampshire

“I cannot recommend this company enough”

I cannot recommend this company enough. From first contact we received very high quality service. We were informed as to everything that was going on, which was backed up by the necessary paperwork, plans and phone calls. The fitter was competent and the work he did we can’t fault.

Mrs K Holroyd, Wrexham

“The craftsmanship is superb”

From the outset of our contract with Neville Johnson, we were supported with design choices, given expert advice and all deadlines were met. Everyone was courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. The craftsmanship is superb; our staircase is now an outstanding feature of our open plan lounge.

Judith Scorer, Stockport

“Hugely admired by family and friends”

The room is transformed and has been hugely admired by family and friends. I was pleasantly surprised by the attentive and courteous client care – everything went according to plan and nothing seemed too much trouble. They were in regular contact before and after the installation. I would highly recommend Neville Johnson to anyone wanting to transform a room.

Cherry Murdoch, London

“The staircase has transformed our living space”

From our initial enquiry to the completion of our staircase, we have found all the members of the team at Neville Johnson to be very helpful, courteous and professional in all our dealings. The staircase has transformed our living space. We have been very impressed with this company from start to finish and would not hesitate to recommend them.

Pauline Treston, Northumberland

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From contacting the company to the point where the cupboards were fitted I was impressed by the whole process. The initial salesperson that visited was knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly use Neville Johnson again and highly recommend this company.

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From the moment the brochure was delivered, I was optimistic that we were buying quality. I wasn’t disappointed. All contact made was courteous, polite and clear, with phone calls confirmed by email. In short, we’re really thrilled with our library and it was effortless from start to finish.

Alison Cole, Swinton

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From the initial contact with the company to the completion and installation everything was utterly professional; we have no hesitation in recommending the company to anybody. We are so pleased, that Neville Johnson is returning to install a new staircase!

Mr and Mrs Thorpe, Radcliffe

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From the initial meeting with the senior designer to discuss our needs, to the surveyor and then the installer, we were extremely delighted with the end result. The installation process went without any problems. All the staff were very professional and we would recommend Neville Johnson without hesitation.

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