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Bring Your Staircase Up-To-Date


When updating your home decor your staircase is often left behind. It is easy to repaint the walls or change the wallpaper but, what to do with the staircase?  It’s a prominent feature of the home and often hasn’t had any love or attention since the house was first built.  Flakey gloss paint, heavily varnished pine, ranch style bannister adorn hallways everywhere despite an otherwise very stylish decor.  Here are some of the best ways to bring your staircase up-to-date.

1.   Change the spindles.

Steel spindle staircaseYou don’t have to settle for tired and worn  spindles, and choosing a unique design to compliment your banister is one of the easiest ways to lift up your staircase.

For a real modern twist,  steel staircase parts are an ultra modern addition to any property – helping you bring a stunning, sleek feel to your hallway. For a more artistic appearance, you could experiment with sculpted spindles.  With distinct curves and cut-outs, you can create striking designs to make a spectacular lasting impression on guests to your home


2. Glass Panels

Glass Balustrade RefurbishmentMore and more of A & T Carpentry’s clients are  incorporating glass into their staircase designs to give their property a new lease of life, and it is a quick fix. Glass allows the light to flow more freely around the room and can make even the smallest of hallways look more inviting and spacious. Replacing your old spindles with glass panels, or swapping your old wooden risers for glass ones, will definitely modernise your staircase. 

Many people decide against glass when redesigning their staircase because they’re worried about safety. A & T Carpentry use professionally manufactured, fully legislation-compliant glass and it is  incredibly safe and secure.

A & T Carpentry  have installed many, many glass staircases, and are expert s in what they do.

4.   New Coat of Paint

One of the most popular ways to give your staircase a new look is repainting it, and there’s so much opportunity to experiment, especially if you are on a budget.  Paint can transform your stairs and allow you to make your stairs much more unique and personal.

If you’re not in a position to spend hundreds on a new staircase, a fresh lick of bright white paint will do the trick – breathing life back into any dated wooden staircase. Remember, it’s important to sand down all the surfaces to remove existing paints and finishes before you get started to ensure an even, long-lasting finish.

Bromsgrove staircase renovation

4.   Stair Runners or Carpet

New carpet can work wonders on old bare wood staircases, and it’s one of the most realistic options for many people looking to update on a tight budget.

You could go all out and cover each part of your steps with brand new carpet, or you could lay a modern runner down the centre of your wooden steps if you have solid wood treads you want to show off too.

This can be as cost-effective as you want it to be, but we always recommend choosing a high-quality carpet, even if it is a bit more pricey.  Staircases have a heavy footfall in the home and you want a carpet that will cope with this usage.

Carpeted Staircase
Half landing Staircase

5. Refinish Your Original Timber

If you’re yearning for a more contemporary look to match the rest of your hall décor, but love your timber staircase  there are plenty of things you can do to bring it into the modern world.

Refinishing your wooden staircase is the simplest way to make it look brand new, and it offers excellent protection for your chosen timber. Sand down the wood and use a high quality oil or french polish to revitalise the timber.

You could also replace your old brackets and end caps with brushed nickel, brass or chrome ones to complement the elegant timber.


A & T Carpentry would love to hear about your project.  Why not tell them about your new staircase installation or renovation plans.  They are always on hand to offer free friendly advice and a competitive quotation.