New Open Tread Staircases With Timber Downstands
If you are opting for a new open tread staircase from Abbott-Wade, 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 open staircase.
Homeowners who prefer an open tread staircase usually do so based on their desire to keep the area feeling as open and free as possible. This can allow plenty of light to pass through the stairway and can make the hallway seem a lot bigger than it actually is.
One preference for those who do not like the idea of wooden downstands is to opt to use glass for their open staircase. This is done especially if the material was already incorporated into their balustrade design. Our 10mm toughened glass downstands are a near-invisible option which also serves the purpose of reducing the opening between the treads – an excellent safety feature of our open tread staircases.
However, constructing your downstands from the same timber as your staircase adds a feeling of continuity and cohesion especially if you have chosen a staircase made in a beautiful hardwood like our oak, sapele, walnut and ash options from our timber staircases range. Furthermore, they look superb regardless of whether you decide to go with bare treads or ones which are carpeted.
To find out you can contact us by calling our design team on 01744 634442 to arrange a free, no obligation home consultation. Our expert staff will be able to show you the materials which are used to create open staircases.
Bill & Dianne, Cheshire
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