Closed or Open Risers: Choosing a Staircase Design for Your Home

Staircase design

Designing staircases today isn’t just about considering function. Now that staircases are also used to impress visitors, homeowners are paying attention to how these functional parts of the home wow people the moment they step inside.

When choosing a design for your staircase, you’ll run into styles such as open and closed riser stairs. Closed riser stairs are a common and traditional choice, while open risers are becoming popular in modern homes.

The question is: which design should you choose for your home?

Sticking to Closed Risers for Your Staircase Design

Closed risers are the standard type of stairs, mainly a staple in older and more traditional homes. A riser between every tread closes a gap in each step. This prevents you from seeing what’s underneath or between the steps.

This type of staircase suits any style of home. It is ideal for homes with young children, as the lack of gaps in each step minimises the risk of accidents. Closed riser staircases also allow you to use its underside for other functions, such as laundry, storage and study or work nooks.

Why Choose Open Risers

Open risers are popular in modern homes. You can design them to fit any style of stairs, whether they’re the traditional straight staircase or the spiral or curved staircase. They can also be manufactured out of any material, such as glass, steel or wood.

Open risers suit homes with an open floor plan. The gaps between the steps let in natural light, making the area look larger.

Are Combination Stairs a Good Bet?

If you’re torn about choosing between an open riser and closed riser stairs, why not incorporate both to your staircase? Custom staircases might be the better choice for your home, especially when you’re dealing with a tricky space in your entryway where neither type will work perfectly alone.

They also suit any style of a home, whether it’s traditional or modern.

For example, you may want a customised L-shaped staircase with a combination of closed and open risers. The staircase can start with closed risers, then with open treads after the landing. This allows the homeowner to utilise the under-space storage provided by the closed riser side of the staircase.

Whether you choose open risers, closed risers or a combination of both, remember to combine style and function when planning the design. Ensure that the design is cohesive with the current look of your home. For best results, consult with an expert staircase designer about your ideas.

Enhance Your Home with Ackworth House’s Staircases

For over 40 years, Ackworth House has been enhancing the value and style of residential and commercial properties throughout New Zealand. Thanks to our wealth of expertise and knowledge, we have become a trusted supplier of beautiful and functional staircases.

Our designs combine aesthetics and practicality, making your staircase the focal point of your space. We have a vast selection of designs, and they can be modified to fit in or stand out in your architectural blueprint.

We are open to enquiries. Call us on 0800 225 967 to learn more about our different staircase designs.

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