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10 Tips for Safe and Appealing Staircases in Your Homes!

Updated on December 26, 2016

Any staircase can be a potential hazard if not placed safely, and also there should not be any compromise with the space and looks. So here are some tips to make this feature of the house safe and appealing.

  • The first requirement is that these should be well lit from above, and no shadow falls in such a way to confuse the person climbing or descending. The treads should be well lit, and risers can be in shadow.
  • Make sure that any suspended light fittings do not impede passage up and down. Spotlights provided for high lighting any artwork on the walls are not adequate lighting, ambient lighting should be separately provided.
  • Any recessed fittings should be readily accessible, instead of having to get a ladder out to reach a high level fitting everytime a bulb fuses.
  • Loose floor coverings should be avoided here for safety reasons, even on the landings. A fitted carpet can be used but will be difficult to maintain and keep clean.
  • Installing smoke detectors on two levels is absolutely essential to make sure that every member can be alerted to any danger at once. The best place would be at the staircase.
  • Discourage children from leaving toys and clothing on the staircase, which can pose a hazard to the unwary.
  • With babies in the house, a safety gate should be fitted at both ends of the staircase to ensure that there are no accidents.
  • Staircases can be utilized for a lot of decorating options like making a personal gallery space with photos and mementoes from all family members. It is the ideal space where it will be noticed by all who use the area and not too obtrusive also.
  • Painting the treads in one colour and the vertical riser in another can also create a design statement with visual appeal from both above and below. This also increases the safety factor as there is a great difference in the two surfaces.
  • The handrail should be easy to grasp, and at the correct height. The material used should be easy to maintain and non-slippery.

Staircases can be dressed up to form a focal point of the house, but always keeping in mind the inherent utility factor.


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    • Cleanclover profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Piece of land!

      Thank you all

    • sminut13 profile image


      11 years ago from singapore

      thks for the wonderfully informational tips. and yea nancy drew, brings back memories. i was crazy about tht book when i was still young. loved them as well as the hardy boys. ehehehe

    • krystalkane profile image


      11 years ago

      Hey! Both your home management and this hub are great! I never gave too much thought to the staircase at home, but after reading this, you have thrown some new light into it :-)

      Guess what, while I was going through your ads on Amazon I found an ad about Nancy Drew!! That is one long lost forgotten book that I used to read as a kid! Thanks for the link :-D


    • AuraGem profile image


      11 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Adore the ambience of a stairway in a home. But your hub highlights the need for functionality well! That element can be so easily overlooked! Nice reading!

      Smiles and Light


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