Treads: Open + Closed Risers

Wood is an element we typically do not work with when designing our custom railings and staircases, but we have utilized wood in our designs before to create custom wood treads! When designing your custom staircase, one design detail that can drastically change the overall look of your staircase is choosing between open and closed riser treads.

Wood treads can be customized to create dramatic contrasting effects or match seamlessly with the homes surroundings. Closed riser treads can create a unique zigzag effect, giving the illusion of a floating staircase. These type of staircases are called cantilevered stairs. They are anchored on one side of the staircase with a steel frame, then later covered with wood treads. Cantilevered staircases are a perfect choice for creating a modern or contemporary look.

Choosing open riser treads can create some breathtaking results! If you are aiming for a clean, modern look, then glass treads may be a good choice for you. Spiral staircases can open up any space and allow for much needed natural sunlight to flood into your home without obstructing any views. Customizing your spiral staircase to have open riser glass treads is an ideal choice for creating a light and airy ambiance. Spiral staircase’s can be designed to fit cramped spaces, just extend the steps to the walls to gain the extra space! Keep in mind the endless possibilities you can achieve by focusing on the design details.

When you have a tight space for a spiral staircase, extend the steps to the walls to gain the extra space!

Spiral Staircase: When you have a tight space for a spiral staircase, extend the steps to the walls to gain the extra space!

Cantilevered Staircase: Open riser wood treads are anchored on one side by a steel frame covered in drywall.

Cantilevered Staircase: Open riser wood treads are anchored on one side by a steel frame, then covered in drywall.

Cantilevered Staircase: Closed Riser Treads give the illusion of a floating zigzag staircase.

Cantilevered Staircase: Closed Riser Treads give the illusion of a floating zigzag staircase.

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