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Labelled diagram of cut string and closed string staircase construction showing Handrail, Spindles, Newel Cap, Newel Post, Tread, Riser, Nosing, Newel Base, String, Moulded Trim, Decorative Bracket, Balustrade, Baluster, Banister
 
     

 

 

 

 
  Wonkee Donkee Richard Burbidge Traditional Staircase  

Your stairs are built to be safe and so are constructed in such a way as to ensure that there is no movement of their parts.

However, over time, things can change. Whether by normal wear and tear, physical damage or later modifications and alterations, your stairs may not be in the condition they were in when first installed.

 
         
  Pear Stairs traditional Stair Case  

Over the years, legislation has tightened up to ensure that stairs are safe to use by all. The older your stairs, the less likely that they will conform to the current regulations. This affects the angle or 'pitch' of the stairs, the depth or 'go' of each tread, the height or 'rise' of each tread, as well as the size of gap in the balustrade or 'infill'. The tread width and the handrail height is also covered under the regulations, with differences between domestic and public installations.

 
         
  Pears Stairs Continuous Handrail  

Some construction methods have changed over time for ease or speed of assembly, but traditional methods can still be employed.

Before you carry out any work on your stairs, it’s a good idea to get to know how your stairs are constructed. Not all stairs are constructed the same way, and many employ different methods of construction within the same staircase.

 
         
  Pear Stairs staircase with glass panel balustrade  

Wonkee Donkee aims to increase your level of understanding of how stairs are built so that you can remodel yours with confidence, knowing that you’re not going to cause costly damage or have a detrimental effect on the structural integrity of your stairs.