Bespoke staircases with oak downstands

Open riser construction is an extremely versatile option and can be used with many styles of staircase.

With a wide range of design choices, from spiral staircases to straight staircases, carpeted treads to hardwood treads, feature steps, newel posts and more, open riser staircases can be incorporated into absolutely any staircase design you have in mind. So, if you’re looking for a brand-new, modern staircase for your home that offers a spacious, well-lit effect, open risers are definitely the way to go.

We must stress that 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 staircase building regulations (don’t worry, we can help you figure that out!).

What are downstands in a staircase?

Downstands (also known as upstands) decrease the opening between the treads to reduce the risk of limbs being caught or passing through the gaps in your open staircase.

They still allow plenty of light to pass through, they just reduce the size of the gaps enough to ensure safety.

Choice of materials for open tread staircase downstands

One preference for those who don’t like the idea of wooden downstands is to opt to use glass downstands for their open staircase. This obviously allows for even more light flow, and is often a preferred choice if glass has already been incorporated into the balustrade design.

Our 10mm toughened glass downstands are a near-invisible option. These elegant glass downstands are both aesthetically pleasing and perform the vital safety function of reducing the opening between the treads. These features make our stunning glass downstands extremely popular with our customers when installing open tread staircases.

However, if you are looking for a feeling of continuity and cohesion – especially if you have chosen a staircase made in a beautiful hardwood like oak – then matching traditional oak downstands are the option for you. Furthermore, oak downstands look superb regardless of whether you decide to go with bare treads or carpeted stairs.

Take a look at the gallery on this page to see some examples of our installations of open tread staircases with oak downstands. We’re sure you’ll agree that every completed staircase is extremely attractive, making the homes they’re installed in look light and spacious.

Speak to us about staircases with oak downstands

If you have any questions about our beautiful open tread hardwood staircases with oak downstands, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.

With over 25 years of experience in staircase design and installation in homes and businesses across the UK, we’re perfectly placed to answer all your queries.

Give us a call on 01744 634442 or send us a message via our online contact form for a swift and well-informed response from one of our staircase experts.

New Flight With Wooden Downstands FAQs

Are open riser stairs with oak downstands safe?

To ensure that all Abbott Wade open riser stairs are extremely safe and comply with UK staircase building regulations, it’s essential that downstands are included to ensure appropriate spacing between treads.

Oak downstands both ensure your family’s safety and enhance the aesthetics of your staircase, offering a contemporary flare.

Choosing an experienced staircase manufacturer and installer is the key to ensuring that your staircase is well-constructed and safe. Our expert team is committed to delivering the highest level of quality craftmanship to all our customers.

How much do open tread stairs with timber downstands cost?

It is unfortunately not possible for us to provide an accurate cost for open tread stairs without first asking you a few questions about your preferences and visiting your property to take some measurements.

We’ll need to know what type of material you’d like your open tread staircase to be made from. Would you like to use timber throughout your staircases, including the downstands, or perhaps incorporate steel or glass into the balustrades? We’ll also need to know the number of flights and the measurements of each in order to provide you with an accurate quote.

If you’d like to obtain a free, no-obligation quote for an open tread staircase with timber downstands, or speak with us about any of our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can give us a call on 01755 634442 or send us a message using the online contact form. A member of our friendly team will be in touch with a well-informed response as soon as possible.

Staircase building regulations - What is the maximum gap between open treads?

If you’re looking to invest in an open tread staircase with timber downstands, you may be wondering what staircase building regulations exist to ensure their safety.

UK staircase building regulations state that the maximum gap between treads should be no more than 100mm.

This is known as the ‘baby’s head rule,’ and ensures that it is impossible for an infant to pass through the gaps in your open tread staircase. This rule also applies to gaps between balustrades.

It’s important to note that open tread staircases must have an overhang between each tread of no less than 16mm. This additional staircase building regulation makes it even harder for objects to pass through the gaps between steps. However, we recommend increasing this overhang for added comfort and security when using your new open tread staircase.

For more information on UK staircase building regulations surrounding open tread staircases, click this link. Alternatively, give us a call on 01755 634442 and we’ll be happy to talk you through it.

How can I modernise an open staircase?

There are many ways in which you can modernise an open staircase.  Take a look at some of our modern open staircase ideas below:

  • A simple timber staircase with oak downstands and painted white linear spindles will look timeless and elegant. This modern open staircase idea works beautifully with white hallways, and pairs particularly well with homes that feature a balance of modern and traditional elements.
  • Opting for a wooden open staircase with oak downstands, and metal spindles in place of timber ones, is a modern and stylish way to renovate your hallways.
  • Maximise light flow in your home by choosing contemporary glass balustrades. These can either be paired with timber treads and oak downstands, or glass downstands for a modern open staircase.
  • Staircases don’t have to be white, black, or plain timber. Add colour to your open staircase balustrades for a warm and welcoming feel. If you want to add a splash of colour whilst retaining the look of natural timber, opt for oak downstands.

If you have any questions about modern open staircase ideas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

Speak to us today about open tread staircases with oak downstands

To find out more about our open tread staircases with oak downstands, contact us by calling our design team of 01755 634442. Alternatively, send us a message to arrange a free, no obligation home consultation. Our expert staff will be able to show you the materials we use to create open staircases with oak downstands.

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