Choosing a staircase is not something you will do often throughout your lifetime. However, when faced with such a decision, you should think carefully and do your research first. A staircase is a focal feature of your home. Not only does it serve a function, but it can also add character to the room and it is important to select a staircase design that suits both you and the style of your property.

In the following blog, we offer helpful advice on how to choose the perfect staircase for your home – outlining the factors to consider and the range of staircase design options that are available.

4 factors to consider when choosing a staircase

1. Style options and materials

When designing a staircase, there are so many styles, materials, and finishes to choose from. Staircases can be modern or classic in nature. They have many different layouts (including straight, switchback, half-turn, quarter-turn and spiral) and can be fitted with a diverse range of balustrades.

Perhaps you would like a contemporary staircase, that adds a modern and edgy touch to your living room. Or maybe you would prefer to keep things classic, with a fluted traditional staircase. The choice is yours. Just be sure to consider all the options before you commit to a final design.

2. Space

This is, arguably, the most important factor to consider – particularly if you are renovating an existing staircase. After all, you need to be sure the new design will fit in the available space!

If creating a completely new flight of stairs, decide how much of the room you are willing to allocate for the staircase. Whilst spiral steps are a great space-saver, a straight or switchback staircase can create a fantastic focal point. Think carefully about what you want to achieve and discuss the available space (and your staircase ideas) with your joiner before any plans are finalised.

3. Safety and building regulations

A new staircase must be compliant with the UK’s standard code of practice. This code outlines a number of minimum requirements, particularly with respect to the width of steps and balustrades, and it ensures that all staircases are safe for use by adults, small children and the elderly.

Local staircase design companies, such as Abbott-Wade, will make sure that your new staircase is fully safety-compliant. We demonstrate strong knowledge and experience of these building regulations and our team of experts can offer the advice and guidance that you require.

4. Your personal budget

Before starting the staircase design process, it is a good idea to determine your budget. This makes it easier to select a style and material that you can afford, whilst still creating a staircase that you are happy with. You can request a quote and based on the figures that are given you can make an informed decision, that is right for you, your home and your bank balance.

Contact Abbot-Wade today to create your perfect staircase

Abbott-Wade has worked in the staircase design industry for over 22 years. We boast a team of highly skilled and experienced craftsman, who can help to either renovate your existing staircase or create a completely new bespoke flight of stairs. Whether you are looking to install a contemporary or classic staircase, they will guide you through the staircase design process – offering advice and ideas – and making sure that you receive the perfect staircase for your home.

Find out more about our services today and get in touch. You can either give us a call on 01744 634 442 or send an email to and we will respond as soon as possible.

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