How to Plan your New Stair Design

Stairs are vital for their functional use, but a perfect staircase can do so much more than that. A staircase can transform a room, for better or for worse, depending on the style of stairs you use. Let’s make sure your stair remodel transforms your home for the better.

Update or Remodel?

If you need new stairs, you likely already have a staircase in your house. To start, let’s determine what you like about the old staircase and what you dislike. If you only want to replace it because the railing is chipping and the boards are cracking and breaking, you probably don’t need a redesign, just an update. In this case, update your stairs with new boards, a fresh coat of paint and some sanding. You should be all set.

Function over Form

If you have other problems with your stairs, you will need a redesign. You can hire a professional, but if you want more say in the matter, you can redesign them yourself. The first thing you need to consider is the functionality. A staircase, if nothing else, must get you from one floor of a house to another. In order to do this, it must be the right dimensions. It is a good idea to plan how many stairs, how long each stair is and how tall each stair is to be sure that when you build the stairs they will reach from floor to floor. If you aren’t an architect, this can be tricky. You can turn to online resources for help. 

How to find your style

Once you have made the proper calculations, the fun can really start. The best part about designing your own staircase is the color and the style of the steps and banister. It is in this part when you can really let your creativity loose. Stairs can do a lot of things. You may want your stairs to blend in to give the room a more open appearance and make the stairs tie into the rest of the room. If this is your goal, use a color that is the same or similar to the color of your floor. If you feel that there is a lot of the same color in your room, you may want to pick a statement shade for your stairs. If you use brown hardwood for your floors, cabinets and chairs, you may want to spice the room up a little with a white or a black shade for the staircase. If you’re looking to spice it up, even more, you might want a fun color like red. It all depends on the style of your house. 

Banisters are also fun. They are a subtle way to change the style of your room, and there are so many banisters to choose from on the internet. You may want to create a Pinterest Board to catalog styles you are interested in, so you can find what look you are attracted to quickly and put your staircase redesign into motion. Once you’ve picked your banister, you can get started. You can install the stairs yourself or hire a professional. 


In the end, you will be blown away by the new look. Although stairs seem to be more functional than aesthetic, a change in color or style can drastically change how you see your room. When you want to blend in or stand out, your staircase has got you covered. Get started today and it won’t be long until you have the staircase of your dreams.

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