If you are about to embark on a project to install a bespoke feature staircase in a residential, commercial or retail property, one of the first decisions you will face as the designer of the project is the choice of materials to use.
Debating the differences between materials such as wood, glass, metal and stone will be based on factors such as affordability, susceptibility to damage, durability, longevity, ease of installation, ongoing maintenance costs and ultimately the aesthetics.
In this article, we will highlight the pro’s and con’s of the material options that are most suitable to manufacture a bespoke feature staircase.
Bespoke feature glass staircases
In our opinion, given that this is our specialism, you will forgive us for saying that using glass is the ultimate choice of material with which to manufacture your bespoke feature staircase. Glass is a product that fits well in all types of settings and will certainly add a contemporary look to your residential, commercial or retail project.
Using glass can also help improve the visibility and lighting within the environment due to its ability to allow natural light pass through it. This has the benefit of making the impression that your space is much bigger than it actually is and allows an airy feel to the area.
New varieties of toughened glass panelling also help the staircase to be much sturdier and easier to clean, more hygienic and subsequently ongoing maintenance costs can be much less.
Glass staircases will also usually feature stainless steel or wood to provide support and a decorative effect in stair treads and risers.
Bespoke feature metal staircases
For years building owners, designers, architects, and general contractors have opted for metal in commercial construction projects over other materials for its low maintenance, and durability.
Metal is a robust material that can be used especially in indoor or covered spaces which helps create a clean look and can be used in both new and retrofit construction projects.
Due to its flexibility, bespoke feature metal staircases can be also be manufactured in a variety of metal types including stainless steel, meaning that your design options are endless. They can be also be painted in a variety of colours to match existing furniture or if used in a commercial or retail setting to match your brands colours.
Bespoke feature wooden staircases
Another popular choice to manufacture bespoke feature staircases in is wood. It has been used by architects and interior designers who want to create a traditional and rustic look and feel. The material can be carved and cut to shape to make many different designs and styles.
Wood also provides you with the option to paint on it, helping you to add a bit of colour to your design project. Particularly since paint manufacturers have significantly expanded the range of paints and stains available.
When it comes to designing your bespoke feature staircase, Essential Projects uses innovative materials, efficient processes, cutting edge techniques and design-led solutions to help drive down the costs of your project without compromising on quality or delivery timescales.
Alternatively, if you are looking for design ideas, our case studies page may give you some ideas.