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All you need to know about spiral staircases

Ahhh the spiral staircase, something we have all thought about implementing into our homes at some point, right?

Normally the next thought that comes into our head is “that might be a bit too out there for me!”, but why not? After all, contemporary, unique staircases are on the rise as more and more people decide to experiment with the look of their home in order to create a living space of their dreams.

If you are still on the fence about installing some of these space saving stairs inside (or outside!) your building, then take a look at this blog post from Abbott-Wade…

The history of a spiral staircase

It is estimated that spiral staircases could have been used as far back as 1000BC, but the earliest remains of one of these structures have been dated back to 480BC in Sicily, Italy. Italy continues to have the oldest standing spiral staircase in the world, which can be found in Rome and was built in 113AD.

Old spiral staircases were built from stone or marble and were usually built up against walls to be able to support the building’s weight. This explains why they are, often, a fixture in any old buildings or landmarks you visit!

Why build a spiral staircase?

If you have ever seen a spiral staircase, or used one before, you will know what a different experience this is from using your standard straight staircase. If you feel like your property would like to move away from the norm, yet still remain as practical as a building should, then a spiral staircase could be perfect for you.

One of the main reasons why a spiral staircase is a popular choice for homeowners these days is due to their smaller footprint. Everyone wants to save space one way or another, especially if you have a smaller home, and this can be easily achieved with a spiral staircase. You are able to use the space freed up by this staircase on other aspects of your home, allowing you to be efficient with the area you have.

Where can spiral staircases be used?

Spiral staircases are quite unique in the sense that they can be used anywhere in the home. We are guessing that you would probably like to install one as the central staircase in your home, where they are more than capable of performing that function whilst still maintaining your home’s modern style and appeal to both members of the households and visitors. However, spiral staircases can also be used as a staircase that leads to a cellar or basement or is the perfect way of reaching a new loft extension.

Spiral staircases don’t have to be used exclusively indoors either. In fact, spiral staircases are very popular in outdoor spaces too. Spiral steel staircases are perfect for fire escape routes from a room upstairs or can be used as outdoor staircases in flats or a barn conversion, the choice is truly yours!

Are spiral staircases safe?

All kinds of staircases are safe, as long as they are installed properly, and this is no different with a spiral staircase from Abbott-Wade. Although they are quite different from the standard straight staircase, they are very easy to get used to, if you take extra care on your first few ascents and descents!

Some extra safety precautions you may want to take are ensuring the staircase has a sturdy handrail and is well maintained by keeping it tidy and ensuring there are no slip or trip hazards present. But these are your standard checks to make sure your staircase is safe for use; common sense prevails on this one!

Contact us at Abbott-Wade

So, are you interested in installing a bespoke staircase like this? If you are, the experts at Abbott-Wade can help! To get in touch with us today, simply give us a call on 01744 634 442 or fill out our online form with any detailed enquiries you may have.

Things to consider when renovating your staircase

If you are deciding on a whole new staircase to become the centrepiece of your home, you are bound to have a million and one staircase ideas running through your head at once. This is understandable, as redeveloping such a vital part of the home can be a very exciting time.

But in times like this, it is important to think with an ounce of conservatism at least. As, if not a staircase expert, your design ideas may be flawed in one way or another. This is where the team at Abbott-Wade can help with our experience and professional knowledge in the area.

To get a head start in the process, here are some things to consider before turning to an expert…

Type of staircase

Would you like one long flight of stairs or a landing in the middle to break things up? This is mostly dependant on the space you have downstairs and how you can successfully make this lead to an upstairs area. Often in smaller houses, we see a straight staircase do the trick, with not much consideration placed on what kind of staircase would suit your home the best. If a windy staircase is one you have always dreamed of, then think about how this could impact the rest of your home, and if it makes sense to install this kind of staircase before you actually implement it.

For advice on which kind of staircase is best for your staircase renovation, then be sure to contact the experts at Abbott-Wade we will be happy to give you the best solution to incorporate your ideal type of staircase to your home or property.

Space efficiency

Having your dream staircase on paper is one thing, but does the space in your building allow it? Often we see people come to us with their design in mind but is not physically feasible due to the constraints on space. With this in mind, we recommend that you give firm consideration to the measurements in your home before thinking of a staircase design too ambitious. This will only leave you disappointed if it cannot be built in just the way that you want it, forcing you to rethink your design anyway.

Safety

One of the main aspects of the staircase should be safety. This is regardless of whether you have renovated a brand new staircase or have had the stairs many years. They can be a very dangerous place, especially if ascended and descended quickly, so incorporating a safety aspect into your design could prevent a lot of accidents in the future!

This should include finer details such as ensuring a safe distance from the ceiling at all times to avoid a nasty bang on the head (especially for someone who is on the taller side!), or gaps between treads to avoid catching your feet in between and encountering a nasty fall.

These are just three considerations you should be making before you go full throttle towards a staircase refurbishment, but there are many more factors that could cross your mind in this time where the ideas are flowing. There are a lot of aspects that are involved in making the perfect staircase for your personal taste, the look you are going for, and your logistical needs, so be sure to map out all of this before you decide on a final staircase design.

Contact us

So, would you like some help from the experts to make your dream staircase a reality? If so, be sure to get in touch with Abbott-Wade with your ideas and we can start planning your ideal staircase together.

To contact us you can give us a call on 01744 634 442 to discuss over the phone or fill out our online enquiry form with any detailed questions you may have. We will respond to you as soon as we can so we can waste no time working on your staircase.

How do I decorate my staircase

How do I decorate my staircase?

It is a well known fact that the staircase is one of the most important parts of the home – if you are in a building with more than one floor of course! This means that in a house, it will be used multiple times daily by all members of the household. This is as well as being one of the first things that guests see if you invite them over. As a result, many homeowners take great pride in the way their staircase looks, with many staircases being used as a way that best represents their modern tastes and styles, on top of their functional use.

If you’re struggling for staircase ideas to make your home personal to you, then fear not, the expert staircase suppliers at Abbott-Wade are on hand to share some of our favourites.

Use wall space to your advantage

How many times do you see stair walls that are left bare? Don’t get us wrong, there are some very smart wallpaper designs or paint shades out there – but why should you let this space go to waste? Many people prefer not to hang anything on stair walls in fear of them being knocked into and therefore falling off.

However, as long as you take care on the stairs, brilliant additions such as picture frames, pieces of art or even shelves as a storage option can really enhance the look of your staircase. You can create some strong contrasts with well chosen shades, giving you the standout look that you are craving with ease.

Creative stair faces

If you are truly looking to make your staircase your own, then why not let your creativity run wild and decorate your stair faces? If you don’t trust your steady hand, you can always ask a professional to do this for you. You could decide to go for a different pattern for every step or something consistent that runs along the whole piece of furniture. Let your imagination run wild and take ownership of your stairs.

A unique staircase design is becoming more and more popular in the modern home, so whether this is something that is busy and colourful or something more understated, it is sure to have the desired effect.

Make it practical

We’re all guilty of leaving coats, hats etc. on the bannister at the bottom of our stairs. Although this is convenient when grabbing items for when you are leaving the house, why not place some hooks on the wall to keep the streamlined look of your staircase, allowing it to be a place that showcases the style of your home, rather than an after thought as a makeshift coat hanger!

This gives your staircase the chance to truly flaunt it’s look without being held back. A fresh staircase design allows the true aesthetic you are trying to achieve to shine through, unopposed by any other potential eyesores!

Contact us

Would you like to talk to one of our experts about how to best execute your staircase design? If so, it is easier than ever to get in touch with the team at Abbott-Wade! Simply give us a call on 01744 634 442 to speak to us directly or fill out our online enquiry form with any detailed questions you may have. Our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible with a quick and informed response.

Keeping your staircase safe

Ways to keep your staircase safe

There is no denying the importance of a staircase if your building has more than one floor. With most buildings operating this layout, you should ensure that the staircases you walk up and down on a daily basis in a suitable condition to avoid any falls and trips that can potentially cause serious injury.

Although staircases can prove to be a beautiful and stylish link between floors, your top priority should be doing everything in your power to make sure that they are safe for use – giving them a consistent form of visual and physical maintenance will help you prevent accidents in the future.

Take your time during both ascent and descent

One of the main causes of accidents on a staircase is when people trip over a step from rushing either up or down their stairs. Are you wanting to grab that thing you’ve left in your bedroom before you leave the home? Or are you racing back to the living room to catch your favourite show now it’s returned from an ad break? If so, it will be beneficial in taking a little more time in negotiating your staircase to ensure that you don’t trip and fall.

Falling down the stairs will almost certainly cause more delays than if you spend a few more seconds in watching your footing while making your way up or down the stairs. It is better to be safe than sorry, right?

Leave nothing lying around

Staircases can be quite difficult to climb up and walk down at the best of times, even when they are free of any obstacles or debris! However, if you are guilty of leaving items on the stairs (we know there are a few of you out there) then this will prove a major hazard, eliminating some of the space that your staircase provides.

The hazard’s don’t just stop there, if you have a wood staircase, then you will need to keep an eye on any spills that could cause a pretty dangerous slip hazard. This is normally something more important to consider if your steps are not carpeted, as the spill will sit on the surface instead of soaking into it.

Check your lighting

Another way of keeping the area around your staircase safe is by checking whether the lighting in the room is satisfactory. A poorly lit hallway or stairwell could prove costly for people using the staircase on a daily basis. If you are unable to see where the next step is, this can lead to a loss of footing resulting in a trip or fall. If your stairway looks too dark, then it probably is. So be sure to invest in some strong lights that make this area easier to negotiate.

When installing a new staircase, it could be wise to evaluate your lighting, especially if you are changing materials. Wood will reflect the light more which will naturally improve the light source on your stairs but if you have a dark carpet as part of your décor then you might want to check on the standard of your lighting before finishing off your design.

Contact the team at Abbott-Wade

Do you have any questions about keeping your staircase safe after a staircase renovation? If so, be sure to get in touch with the expert staircase manufacturers at Abbott-Wade today! We will happily share our expertise and answer any enquiries you may have. Simply give us a call on 01744 634 442 to contact us directly or fill out our online enquiry form with a detailed question. One of our team will always get back to you as soon as possible!

Wooden staircases

Wooden staircases are still in style!

In more and more modern-day homes, we have seen glass or steel take a much more prominent role in people’s idea of their ideal staircase. But hang on a second, what about wood? Are we forgetting the natural beauty that this material has, adding a wonderful aesthetic to your home? Wooden staircases have been the go-to material in people’s homes for many years, and for good reason.

They can be shaped a lot easier than their counterparts, as well as being a versatile component of a modern staircase. At Abbott-Wade we still receive many requests to install wooden staircases, or staircases with wooden aspects, and here’s why…

Wooden steps

The attraction of wooden steps is something not to be underestimated. If pulled off correctly, they can add a sense of nature and delight to your home – something which we’re sure you have been craving for many years. It can really transform your staircase into a show-stopping attraction, wowing everyone from residents to one-off visitors.

With steps, you need to ensure that they are both sturdy and safe, as they are undoubtedly going to come across some rigorous daily use. Wood is perfect for this, as it is able to stay elevated above the ground with ease, giving you peace of mind.

Wood spindles

Wood spindles have been around for as long as we can remember and are still a popular source of well-crafted design, whilst being a vital safety element for your staircase. Just look at our website to see for yourself!

They show no sign of going out of style yet, with many homes opting for them over a glass or steel balustrade. These timeless designs give your home a traditional feel, which may be your dream look over a contemporary vibe.

Switch up the colour with ease

If you are looking to switch up the colour of your staircase frequently (every couple of years or so) then wood is an excellent choice. This adaptable material allows you to change the colour of your staircase to a lighter or darker shade at will, in keeping with your new vision. A new lick of paint can go a long way towards creating a wooden staircase design you are happy with!

Abbott-Wade have installed many bespoke painted wooden staircases for customers in the past, so for some inspiration be sure to check out our range of wonderful designs on site.

Can be combined with other materials

The versatility of wood doesn’t stop there, as it can be incorporated easily with other materials. There are many ways you can incorporate wood to your stairs. Try combining it with carpet to create a stand out look, or use wood filler to cover the gaps in between treads to form a contrast between a darker carpet and lighter wood, or vice versa. Wood can also be combined with glass and steel, to create the perfect blend between traditional and contemporary design.

Contact us

The team of staircase experts at Abbott-Wade are also on hand to offer their expertise and assistance if you are struggling for inspiration when trying to add wood to your staircase design. To get in touch with us, simply fill out our online enquiry form, or email us at info@abbottwade.co.uk. You can also contact us directly by calling 01744 634 442 for a chat with one of our friendly team.

4 reasons why you should renovate your staircase

4 reasons why you should renovate your staircase

With the country being on lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, now is a better time than ever to consider how your home looks, and if you are truly proud of its appearance and configuration. Wanted that dream staircase for years but have not got round to it? By getting the ground work in place now with the team at Abbott-Wade, we can help you achieve a staircase renovation as soon as lockdown is lifted so you can enjoy your perfect home for years to come.

Updating a tired look

The most popular reason why see for people renovating their staircase is simply that they are in need of a fresh look for their home. If you have a wooden staircase and would like something more contemporary, then we can help you switch it up to a glass staircase or steel staircase.

Switching up your staircase is not uncommon, as interior décor trends are changing all the time. By looking to freshen up the look of your home, you can be firmly on the curve all while guests envy your house’s design.

Making your home more practical

If you have mobility trouble or you feel like your staircase is no longer suitable for the home you are living in, it may be time to renovate your staircase to something more appropriate.

By choosing a staircase refurbishment from Abbott-Wade, we can help you transform your property into something that is much more long lasting and accommodate anyone. We can help create a convenient staircase which is particularly useful if one of the residents has a physical disability, whilst also having the style of a perfectly modern and trendy staircase.

One step closer to your dream home

Saw a look on TV, online or on this very website that you like the look of? Abbott-Wade can help you achieve it with a staircase renovation! With many interior design programs out there these days, it is impossible not to have your head turned by all the amazing staircases on show in people’s homes. And you can have one of these too!

Just simply get in touch with us here at Abbott-Wade and we can discuss how best you can replicate or put your own spin on a staircase that you have saw flaunt it’s features on the big or small screen.

For design purposes

If you are looking to change up the look of your home drastically, you may have to change the appearance of your staircase drastically or replace it entirely. This is also something that Abbott-Wade can help with, as our team of experts can give you the advice and service you need to achieve the home you never thought was possible.

No job is too big for the experienced joiners that we have on our team, with us getting the most satisfaction from helping our customers achieve the interior design that they could only dream of.

Contact us

So, interested in getting started on making a new staircase that you can be proud of? Abbott-Wade are here to help. Simply fill out our online enquiry form with your requirements and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also get in touch with us directly by calling 01744 634 442 or emailing us at info@abbottwade.co.uk.

Staircase Questions

How many staircases does Hogwarts have? And more wacky staircase questions…

Staircases are nothing new, they exist all over the world and have done for hundreds of years – so you’d be forgiven for not getting too excited about them. Delve a little deeper though and you’ll discover there’s so much more to them than a simple means of getting from A-B. Join our team of staircase experts (and enthusiasts!), here at Abbott Wade, to take a closer look at some fun questions around staircases.

How many staircases does Hogwarts have?

Ever watched a Harry Potter movie? If the answer is yes, then you will have surely admired the Grand Staircase at some point. The way the stairs move will either make you think “I would love to try them” or “That would be too scary for me!”. But do you know how many there are? An astounding 142 staircases, all leading to different levels on different days – definitely not ideal if you‘re late for class!

What is the longest staircase in the world?

The longest staircase in the world will make you tired by just looking at it, with a staggering 11,674 steps and climbing to an altitude of 1,669km!

Located alongside the Niesen Mountain railway in Switzerland, for all but one day of the year, this incredible staircase is closed to the public. However as part of the “Niesenlauf” annual race, contenders have the chance to scale the world’s longest staircase – the rest of the time you can thankfully hitch a ride on the train.

Who builds staircases?

One of the most asked questions about staircases is who actually builds them? Here at Abbott-Wade, and staircase manufacturers across the country, we are known as joiners and are tasked to manufacture new staircases for properties or refurbish old and tired staircases into something safe and stylish.

As masters of our craft, the design possibilities are endless and we can help you to create a staircase that grabs attention for all the right reasons. If you want to check out our full range of staircases, then be sure to visit our website. We offer a range of bespoke staircases, including wood staircases and glass staircases and can work to any requirement you have.

What do staircases mean in dreams?

Have you ever encountered a staircase in your dreams, but been unable to pinpoint the meaning? If you are climbing upstairs in your dream, this can be a sign of growth or progression. By walking up the stairs you are progressing at a steady pace, giving yourself a higher self-awareness. However, by running up the stairs you could be leaping too quickly, fast tracking your way to success.

Contact us

So, there you have it – a brief insight into some weird and wonderful staircase questions! If this has given you motivation to install or switch up your own staircase, then be sure to get in touch with our stair case experts, here at Abbott-Wade. Contact us by filling out our online enquiry form or give us a call on 01744 634 442. You can also email us at info@abbottwade.co.uk for a swift response from one of the team.

Staircase Rennovation

Renovate your staircase in 2020 with Abbott-Wade

It’s a new year – a new decade even – so what better time for a change? Are you ready to embrace 2020 and transform the look of your home with a whole new staircase design? Then let the multi-award winning team here at Abbot Wade help.

Stairs are a key feature in your home but can often be overlooked, seen instead as a practical necessity rather than a design feature. A tired, neglected staircase can easily make a home feel out of date, but by giving it a whole new look, your house can feel revitalised for years to come.

Beat those January blues, and create a new lease of life for your property, with a staircase renovation:

Open tread staircases

Open tread staircases are growing in popularity and it isn’t difficult to understand why. They look great, allow the flow of natural light and help to create a sense of space in a home that may be void of it.

To perform this restoration, we will remove the carpet from your flight of stairs (if you have one) and take out the wood that closes off the treads. We will clad over the existing components of your staircase and create the illusion of a new staircase while maintaining the charm and character of your old one. This can usually be done in a single day, as our experienced team at Abbott-Wade look to achieve your dream staircase as efficiently as possible.

Sandblasted glass staircase renovation

If it’s light that you’re after then another way of adding more natural light to your space can be with the use of sandblasted glass to create a frosted look that is popular with contemporary flights of stairs. This refurbishment is normally a simple process for our experts, replacing any existing spindles you have with a sheet of this wonderfully modern material to instantly rejuvenate your staircase.

We often find that it is a popular move to replace an older staircase that fills the space, with something that can let natural light shine through creating a brighter more welcoming home.

This sandblasted effect works perfectly if you are looking to achieve natural light without using fully transparent glass and can, with a staircase refurbishment, can transform the look of your home.

Adding hardwood treads to your staircase

When people come to us asking about a staircase renovation, most of the time they talk about wanting to add a wooden element to their staircase. Recently this has changed from adding oak spindles to wanting to change their staircase to include hardwood treads to their staircase, minus the carpet.

When we respond with “ok, no problem!”, customers are often surprised that we can provide a refurb that allows for oak treads. Due to the extent of our industry skill and knowhow, we are able to provide this here at Abbott-Wade.

Old staircase renovation is made easy by our skilled installation professionals. They cleverly clad over any softwood treads with a solid oak finish, creating the appearance of a new solid oak staircase. We ensure that we make these safe to use to avoid any slip hazard by finishing this with a non-slip coating.

Contact us

Ready to make the change? If so, our friendly, experienced team would love to speak to you regarding your plans for a staircase remodel.

Expert advice and assistance is just a phone call away on 01744 634 442, or you can send us an email at info@abbottwade.co.uk for a quick response from one of our team.

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So what is it about Abbott-Wade which makes our customers so keen to recommend us?

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