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Need to refurb unsafe stairs... glass or these spindles shown on BBC2?

design novice
16 April, 2018
last modified: 16 April, 2018

Hello lovely Houzzers

These stairs are very non health and safety and I need to sort them out once and for all! I toyed with the idea of a new staircase until I got the quotes!

I am now thinking of refurbing them and adding the very necessary handrail and also backs to the stairs so I can have a cupboard underneath. I will then carpet them. The decor in the house is quite modern and white doors etc so I was thinking of mainly a white stairs with oak handrail

I was thinking of glass as the hallway is quite narrow. Please see the second picture of a design which I like.

I thought spindles may look a little busy for the space until I was watching the Interior Design Challenge show and saw some very attractive spindles which I have never seen before! Does anyone know how easy it would be for a carpenter to make these or can they be supplied in kit form?

The photos show the staircase in white before it was renovated on the programme in grey, I am not sure if the grey one is actually metal and I would prefer wood. I prefer the white design anyway!

Finally which look do you think would be the best option? I am all ears and very grateful to you for reading my post. Any advice would be so welcome :-)










Comments (8)

  • Daisy England

    Your existing staircase definitely should have had a handrail fitted. I think the glass sides look nicer.

    The photo with the grey spindles looks like metal. I've no doubt a joiner could make these for you as they're quite plain in timber though.

    Most of our customers now ask for glass sides.

    design novice thanked Daisy England
  • Jen P

    I would continue the design of the rails (at the top) all the way down. The grey example seems overly intricate for your space to me.

    design novice thanked Jen P
  • design novice

    Thank you Riverside, it is a tough call between spindles and glass! Thank you Jen P I take your point and it is a very narrow hallway! So is your vote def for spindles rather than glass?

  • A S
    I think glass would look lovely.
    design novice thanked A S
  • PRO
    colourhappy

    I agree with Jen and have a continuation of what you have further up. It looks right. I wouldn't box them in either, they look so airy and light.

    design novice thanked colourhappy
  • Jonathan
    These stairs are going to need some serious reengineering to accommodate a banister and spindle and it might be more economic to replace the whole lot.

    https://www.stairworld.co.uk/staircasebuilder/?type=single

    When it comes to balustrade I prefer spindles because I think that the glass option is very contemporary and fits uncomfortably in most houses.
    design novice thanked Jonathan
  • PRO
    Bespoke Frameless Glass ltd

    Just seen this post and as a glass company would like to offer some inspiration and advice with the current staircase as it is with the open threads I would be keen to recommend a stand off fixed balustrade with or without a handrail its really your decision, see the below photo of a job we did with stand offs fixings and a matching stainless steel handrail.


    If you were to reconfigure the stairs there are other options such as balustrade clamps or baserail fitting as per below photos.



    Hope this help, unsure of your location but if its within Bristol, bath or Gloucester give us a call.


    Thanks BFG.

  • PRO
    Bespoke Frameless Glass ltd

    Grace, we will be happy to help with any renovation work that involves balustrades, staircases, splashbacks, glass doors and shower enclosures. Thanks Bespoke Frameless Glass

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