Modernising your staircase without breaking the bank


The idea of updating your staircase can seem daunting and expensive.

And it can be.

A brand new staircase can cost a lot of money.

But, with a few small changes, you can modernise your existing staircase without spending a fortune.

Firstly, take a step back and examine your staircase.

Think of it as a blank slate. Your staircase isn’t just one large feature. Instead, it’s made up of numerous smaller components, each with their own purpose.

Modernising your staircase doesn’t mean replacing every single one of your stair parts.

Which features are looking dated? Is it the dark, chunky spindles? The tired looking carpet? Maybe it’s the bland, worn handrail.

Here are some easy ways to modernise your staircase without breaking the bank.

Consider your spindles

Spindles are the vertical posts that run all the way up your staircase, connecting your handrail to the base of your staircase.

There’s a massive variety of spindles available for every budget.

So, determine your budget first, then look at your options.

Do you prefer wood or metal spindles? Do you want a simple style or a more intricate style?

This easy refresh will add a whole new look to your existing staircase

If your space is small, or you just prefer a simple, airy look and feel, glass panels are an alternative option.

If your budget is especially small, or you’re looking for a weekend DIY job to keep you busy, why not pick out some paint.

If your spindles are in good condition, adding colour, or even just a fresh coat of paint can add a breath of fresh air to your spindles.

Do your carpeted stairs look a bit dull?

A worn carpet is bound to make your staircase look dreary.

If yours is starting to look dull, get rid!

A replacement staircase carpet won’t cost too much money.

And choosing a durable carpet means it’ll last for years.

Now, although carpet brings an unbeatable warmth to any home, a carpeted staircase isn’t for everyone.

Simplicity is key when it comes to modern style. And a stripped back staircase definitely fits the bill.

So, consider cladding your staircase instead.

Cladding is where a second layer, often wood, is added to cover your steps. Cladding is an inexpensive way to transform your current staircase into a solid wood looking alterative without the hefty price tag. 

Replace your handrail

Remember, simplicity is key to achieving a modern staircase.

If your bulky handrail seems to be making your staircase seem too cluttered, it’s time to consider replacing it with a modern, simplified version.

Whether you opt for a wall mounted handrail, or a handrail connected to your spindles, there are plenty of fuss free options available.

If simplicity isn’t quite your cup of tea, you can still achieve a modern looking staircase with a focal point. Textured or contrasting coloured handrails are a great way to modernise your staircase whilst showing some of your personality in the design.

The small details make a big difference

You really don’t need to spend a lot to modernise your staircase.

For example, if your staircase has chrome connectorsconsider swapping them for brushed nickel or brass alternatives. These will elevate your staircase’s look, creating a rustic yet modern style.

Another small detail that can make a massive difference is the tone of your wooden pieces.

Over time the colour of wood can fade, especially if it’s in direct sunlight. This can make your staircase look tired andolder than it is. A simple way to give your staircase a new lease of life, without replacing any stair parts, is to stain the wood to your desired shade.

So, whether you choose to replace your carpet, update your handrails or paint your spindles, ultimately, paying attention to the small details will help you modernise your staircase without exceeding your budget. 

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