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Which Staircase is Best?

With the many exciting designs available on the market which staircase is best for your home? Closed or open risers, cut or closed stringers, cantilever, mono string, floating, exposed or encased? It’s easy to get overwhelmed. And it’s not just what you like, but how a staircase suits your home and will affect its look and style forever.


In most homes the staircase is at the very front of the home, visible the moment you walk inside, and greatly influences the impression and character of the home. Staircases are an important investment and one that will affect the overall value of your property and you want to get it right. So, I commonly recommend my clients to visit a home display village. This is the perfect way to explore the many possibilities so that you can understand not only the functionality and looks, but also the best positioning within the home’s floor plan. Next step is the tailoring of the staircase to your own specific needs, like taste, budget and functionality.



courtesy of Genneral Staircase

Start from doing some research and forming an idea of the stair design that you like and that suits your home. Genneral Staircase have a great gallery on their website, filled with inspiring images to get you started. Once you’ve decided upon your favourite look, begin confirming the finishes for the treads, risers, posts handrail and balustrading, making sure that all of these different elements combine to create a cohesive look with your home’s design and fits your budget.



Genneral Staircase

To get it right the first time, I recommend dealing with a quality staircase maker that has a wide range of different designs to offer and proven experience in tailoring this important component to their clients’ needs. I have worked with Genneral Staircase now for nearly twenty years and besides offering great design solutions and finishes of great quality, they have responded to the needs of my clients with great care and great attention to detail.



staircase sectoions and names

To recap:

  1. Research for a style you like

  2. Make sure it fits your home in finishes and design

  3. Ask the support of experts.



James Treble and a staircase in progress


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James Treble is an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. James has three decades of accumulated experience in the Building Industry, Real Estate and Interior Design and regularly shares his knowledge and experience in adding value to properties through effective design & styling. Watch his free videos on YouTube, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram for more free information. More of James' knowledge is now accessible via Practical Design Online Course.