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Stair Parts Buying Guide

When it comes to installing new stairs, it is crucial that the right parts are chosen to ensure a safe fit, while also co-ordinating with the rest of the decor in a room or home. From essential components and key considerations, to tailored design choices, this stair parts buying guide covers everything you need to know for a flawless new flight.

What are the different types of stairway?

Essential parts for stairways

Planning considerations for stairs

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Size and layout

Different widths will suit different layouts, such as wider stairways for open spaces or compact sets for narrower rooms. Winders can also be added to create turns in tight areas. It is also important to check the depth between steps to ensure they are consistent and do not create a trip hazard.

Safety regulations

Ensure you are aware of the legal requirements for fitting stairs, particularly in new builds or as part of rental properties. The UK government’s guidance outlines the regulations on the minimum and maximum measurements for steepness and tread depth of individual stairs.

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Choosing materials

Selecting the right materials for all parts is vital for successfully achieving a specific look. For example, glass panels are a great way to enhance a modern interior. While oak parts can be stained for a natural finish, and softwoods can be painted to suit specific colour schemes.

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Finishing features

As well as the new flight of stairs, you should consider what final flourishes can be added to enhance the overall decor. For example, wood wall panels make an eye-catching addition for a classic interior, as well as protecting surfaces from knocks that often occur when climbing up or down the stairs.

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