Factors to Consider When Planning a Staircase for Your Home

Staircases not only provide a way to get from one level to another, but they enhance the design of a home. Thus, you need to consider practical and aesthetic factors when planning one. Several of these are discussed below.

Integrate the Staircase with the Decor

You'll need to integrate the staircase with your home so that it doesn't look out of place. Create traditional stairs lined with wooden railings in a more traditional home. Or, combine metal with wood to give the stairs a raw edge in an industrially designed home. In modern decor, why not install glass balustrades secured with metal? Another possibility is an ornate staircase with embellished wrought iron railings.

To harmonise the staircase with the surroundings, also think of how to mix materials. For instance, you could repeat the flooring. Thus, if your home features timber floorboards, use wooden steps. Alternatively, select complementary substances. For example, in a space with a polished concrete floor, install timber steps that add warmth to the decor. Also, think about how much you want to emphasise the stairway as a design feature. Are you interested in a functional way to get from A to B, or do you want the staircase to stand out and grab attention?


Your staircase builder will be familiar with the safety regulations that specify its structure. For example, the treads need to be of a certain depth so people can comfortably stand on them. Additionally, the height between each tread has to follow the rules and usually be consistent for the entire staircase.

After a certain number of steps, you may be required to install a landing so that people can rest. Building codes also stipulate rules about the barriers, which are required to be of a specific height and strength to keep everyone safe. For example, the balustrades can't offer gaps in the design that children could fall through.


Some staircases are located far from a window, so they don't have much natural lighting. Ample illumination will emphasise the stairs and make them safer to traverse. You could install a balustrade style  — such as glass or metal cable wire —that doesn't block light. Glass provides the additional benefit of reflecting whatever natural lighting is already present. Another approach is to install a window near the stairs, though that depends on the building architecture. You might also consider connecting wall sconces to ensure the staircase is safe and well-lit. Choose light fixtures that will harmonise with the staircase railing and the home's decor.

To learn more about installing a staircase, contact a contractor near you.