As far as renovation projects go, the hallway and stairs can be frequently overlooked.

However, your staircase is likely to be the first thing visitors will notice when they walk through your front door – so it needs to look great.

If your staircase is structurally sound, and you don’t want to change its direction or turns, renovating can give the appearance of a brand-new flight of steps for nowhere near as much as a staircase replacement.

In this post, the staircase specialists, here at Abbott-Wade, share some of our favourite modern staircase ideas – guaranteed to save you time and money.

1.    Install a new handrail

Most people grab onto the handrail to steady themselves as they go up and down the stairs, which is what it’s there for.

But think about how many times you use the stairs personally. Add to that the number of times everyone else in your family will hold onto the rail, and it’s clear to see why it might be a little loose or grubby looking.

Fitting a more modern handrail to the wall could be all it takes to freshen up the look of your tired staircase whilst ensuring the safety of your loved ones. And it won’t break the bank!

2.    Reclad worn treads and risers with oak

For treads and risers that are starting to show signs of wear and tear, recladding them with non-slip oak is a fantastic idea.

Not only will it create the desirable effect of a modern oak staircase for a fraction of the price of a replacement, but it’ll also reduce the risk of pets, little ones, and elderly family members slipping on the stairs and seriously injuring themselves.

3.    Update your balustrade

One of the best ways to transform the look of your hallway is to replace your wooden newel posts and traditional spindles with new rails and contemporary glass panels.

Incorporating glass into your staircase design will brighten up your home, allowing more natural light to pass through, creating a light and airy feel.

If you have young children, these panels are made from toughened safety glass, so they won’t break easily. And they can be wiped down super quickly – meaning you needn’t worry about mucky fingerprints upsetting the modern aesthetic.

4.    Paint or clad over your stair strings

Painting stair stringers (or strings) in a darker hue is one of the easiest ways to renovate your dated staircase. Though it might not seem like much, changing the colour of the strings can really elevate your staircase – giving it a new and improved look you can be proud of.

Alternatively, cladding over the sides of your staircase will create the impression of a solid oak staircase but for a much more affordable price.

5.    Carpet your stairs

If you’ve got wooden stairs, a brilliant way to give them a fresh new look would be to have a carpet fitted.

Depending on your desired look, you may decide to have your staircase fully carpeted – allowing no wood to be seen – or you might opt for a carpet stair runner down the middle.

Either way, you can choose a colour, pattern, and texture to suit your modern interior whilst enhancing comfort and minimising the transfer of unwanted noise when people use the staircase.

Ready to renovate your staircase?

Whether you know exactly how you want your staircase to look or you need a few more modern staircase ideas to inspire your renovation project, the team at Abbott-Wade will happily assist.

Simply give us a call on 01744 634 442 or drop us an email at, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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