New Open Tread Staircases With Timber Downstands
If you’re opting for a new open tread staircase, your design will need to incorporate downstands underneath the treads to comply with current UK building regulations. Downstands (also known as upstands) reduce the opening between the treads to reduce the risk of young children or limbs being caught between or passing through the gap between the treads.
Customers preferring for an open tread staircase usually do so based on their desire to keep the area feeling as open as possible by allowing plenty light to pass through the stairway. One preference for those who don’t like the idea of wooden downstands is to opt for glass, especially if it was already incorporated into your balustrade design. Our 10mm toughened glass downstands are a near-invisible option which also serve the purpose of reducing the opening between the treads.
However, constructing your downstands from the same timber as your staircase adds a feeling of continuity and cohesion especially if you’ve opted for a staircase made in a beautiful hardwood like oak, sapele, walnut or ash. Furthermore, they look superb regardless of whether you open for bare treads or carpet.
To find out more give our design team a call on 01744 634442 to arrange a free, no obligation design consultation.