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.