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A bespoke staircase is designed to fit around the unique contours of your property, making the most of the space available and contributing to, not detracting from, the overall aesthetic of the space. Whether you prefer beautifully crafted sweeping curves or striking angular edges, a bespoke staircase is the answer.
The Glass & Stainless team have the necessary technical expertise to transform your ideas into detailed specifications and then a stunning final product. We guarantee excellent attention to detail and are constantly assessing the potential of new technologies. Whatever your situation we are able to offer flexible solutions. Furthermore, our services also include measuring up and installation. With the future in mind, we can advise you on how to care for and maintain your bespoke staircase.
Below are just some of the options for you to consider when designing your bespoke staircase!
The vast majority of bespoke staircases are made from glass, metal or wood. Either alone or in combination, the design possibilities are practically endless. Using two different materials will allow you to play around with contrasts and highlight certain aspects of the design.
A completely metal staircase can create an impressive industrial effect, particularly sought after by commercial property owners. A robust material that is built to last, metal is highly suitable for high traffic staircases. Insects aren’t drawn to it in the same way as wood and it is non-combustible. As well as being incredibly durable and remarkably lightweight, metal can be used in increasingly inventive and sophisticated ways. Steel is far more flexible than you might think and has good longevity.
A predominantly glass staircase meanwhile will produce a more minimalist look that allows light to move freely through the space, giving the impression of greater space. Simplicity and clean lines never go out of fashion. To add further interest and reflect the light in a unique way, you could choose to etch a design into the glass or add a colour tint. In addition to more natural light, glass also provides you with a more open view of the room which you are entering, such as a hallway. If privacy is a concern, semi-opaque options are available.
Often, it is the balustrade that makes them all the difference. One more unusual option is a floor to ceiling panel of glass (coloured or transparent) that will show off your staircase whilst also keeping you safe. If you’re keen to use metal, an excellent alternative is a series of thick stainless steel wires that are attached to both the floor and ceiling. Changing the balustrade is an excellent option for anyone who isn’t ready for a total staircase refurbishment.
A bespoke glass cantilevered staircase, also known as a floating staircase, looks incredibly impressive in any property. With the treads appearing to levitate in mid-air, it can add a touch of magic to any home. Whatever material you choose to use, it is certain to become a talking point. With toughened glass though, you can achieve the sensation of almost walking on air. With no stringer or balustrade required, light can circulate easily through your hallway which is typically one of the darkest areas of the home.
An often overlooked advantage of floating staircases is the additional space they open up for storage. With no need for stringers, there is more space underneath the stairs for you to place furniture, large items or shelves.
If you are installing a bespoke floating staircase as part of a new build or a renovation, we would recommend that you get us involved at an early stage. That will allow us to liaise with your builders to ensure that the correct level of support has been built into the load-bearing wall e.g. prefabricated anchor points. This solid wall should be a minimum of 100mm thick. Don’t worry though if you have already built the wall. With the guidance of a structural engineer, we will most likely be able to retrofit a floating staircase by creating a stud wall and using steel string.
If children or individuals with limited mobility are likely to use the staircase regularly, we would recommend that you do choose to install a balustrade. This will give everyone involved greater peace of mind.
When planning your cantilevered staircase, make sure that you comply with UK regulations around the minimum and maximum space between the tread panels.
From afar, the distinctive shape of a spiral staircase catches the eye and the view looking down from the top can be particularly striking. Available in metal, wood, glass or a combination, a spiral staircase can complement a wide range of interior decor.
Spiral staircases are renowned for being brilliant space savers that can help you maximise a smaller square footage. Everything is contained within one one vertical space. The total amount of space saved will depend on the steepness of the incline, as the more gradual the rise, the more space required. They’re ideal for reaching awkward spaces with untapped potential, such as attics. Spiral staircases are a far more elegant and practical solution than a ladder, and can even rise through a hole in the floor.
With a bespoke spiral staircase, you can customise every element to suit your needs. This includes the entry and exit points, which can be adjusted by changing the tightness of the rotation. Furthermore, the cost of installation is relatively low.
Remember, spiral staircases can be used outside the property as well as internally. They are commonly used for emergency exits, but there is no reason as to why you couldn’t use one for another purpose. For example, giving a direct route from a upper level balcony down into the garden. We can guide you on which materials and finishes are most suitable for outdoor use.
All spiral staircases are arranged around a central pole. Any curved staircase that is not built in this way is actually known as a helical staircase. The void at their centre means that aren’t as tightly wound and so take up a greater amount of space. Their unusual shape however makes them a gorgeous focal point of any room.
If a spiral staircase isn’t quite right for your home, consider a bespoke helical staircase or a curved staircase.
A stringer is the wooden or metal boarding on either side of the stairs to which the threads are affixed. The common in two types: cut and closed. A cut stringer is built around the shape of the threads, allowing you to view the stepped profile of the stairs. In contrast, a closed stringer has a straight edge which hides the view of the stair edge.
Some bespoke staircases use double stringers to create a floating staircase effect. Stringers are place underneath the stairs to provide additional support.
Stringer boards can be made from a variety of materials but metal is proving to be increasingly popular due to its lightweight nature. They look modern and can be painted any colour. Just because a stringer is there to provide a structure, it doesn’t mean that it can’t look stunning at the same time.
One popular addition to bespoke staircases is LED lighting. It has the dual advantage of boosting both the aesthetics and the level of safety. Ensuring that a staircase has adequate lighting is so important and LEDs produce a far brighter light than traditional bulbs.
If you have chosen to use predominantly glass within your staircase, LED lighting can be used to add a splash of vibrant colour that complements your interior decor. Such lighting will make a bold statement that draws the eye, almost inviting you to walk up the stairs. You don’t have to stick to just one colour however, as colour-changing LED lights are available. Glass that contains the standard level of iron will naturally have a blue-green tint to it so if you plan to use warmer coloured lighting, it might be worth choosing a low-iron glass.
The durable nature of LEDs make them ideal for the heavy footfall of a staircase, and they don’t require much maintenance. Their tiny size means that they can be easily fitted to the nosing of a staircase or the edge of a stringer.
If you aren’t keen on inserting the lights into the stairs themselves, you could simply fix them to the closest wall. From this position, you can achieve a very subtle, soft wash of light across the treads. If you’ve decided to go for a floating staircase, you could place the lights underneath the treads. The space underneath will then be dramatically lit from above, creating some striking shadows. An alternative to using individual LED lights would be too install one long strip light along the edge. These are frequently available in colour changing options.
For a truly impressive look, why not connect the LEDs to a motion sensor? That way, the stairs will seemingly come to life right beneath your feet.