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5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Transform Your Narrow Stairway

5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Transform Your Narrow Stairway

5 Cheap & Easy Ways to Transform Your Narrow Stairway

Not only are dark, dated and narrow staircases a bit of an eyesore, but they can affect the resale value of your home (especially if it’s located in the living area or entryway). While replacing an entire staircase would be a costly endeavor, there are plenty of budget friendly options that can improve the function and appearance of a narrow stairway. 

1. Replace the handrail

One of the easiest ways to give an old staircase a facelift is to swap out dated/broken handrails with something more contemporary. Replacing large, bulky rails with something slimmer also increases the usable space in narrow stairwells.

For those seeking something ultramodern and sleek, stainless steel rails are the way to go. Surprisingly, no welding of metalworking knowledge is needed, as there are plenty of modular/ DIY friendly fittings on the market that simply glue together.

If instead you’re looking for something natural, but with a modern flair, timber handrails are all the rage. The best thing about working with timber is that it is available in a huge range of different colours, species and styles. Timber can be stained to match floorboards or window trimmings, painted, or even left clear.

2. Say goodbye to bulky balusters

While a coat of paint can cover a multitude of sins, it can only do so much. Dented, broken or bulky balusters can date your staircase, but are surprisingly cheap and easy to replace. 

Plainchamford and wrought iron balusters are our picks for a modern upgrade that won’t break the bank. Many of these options are designed to fit existing rebate sizes (42mm, 16mm etc.), making them incredibly easy to swap out. 

If you’re looking for a complete refresh however, look no further than wire balustrade! Similar to glass balustrading, wire is visually unobtrusive and allows light to pass through; this will make your space appear much larger than it actually is. Unlike glass however, wire is incredibly DIY friendly. It requires few tools and even less skill. More information on wire balustrading can be found on our youtube channel.

3. Hang Artwork 

Wall art is a great way to make use of the vertical space in your stairwell. Thin, modern frames work best in tight spaces as larger, decorative styles can visually extend into your walking space (which is what we’re looking to avoid). 

Large, statement artworks look best on walls without railing, while gallery walls and photo sets are popular choices for walls with a rail. The best part about art is that it’s completely customisable and easy to swap out. Unlike paint, prints and photos can be changed often without too much hassle. 

For the best results, hang your art at eye level! 

4. Freshen things up with a coat of paint

It’s common knowledge that light, bright paint colours can open up a small room - well, the same can be said for staircases. Giving your handrail, risers and walls a fresh coat of white paint can create the illusion of a wider hallway. 

If plain white paint isn’t your style though, don’t fret, there are plenty of fun and interesting wallpapers on the market that can be used instead. Try to steer clear of dark, or overly bright colourways however as it will draw unwanted attention to the narrowness of enclosed stairways.

5. Accessorize 

If you don't have the want or funds to replace all the heartige fixtures in your staircase, lean into it! Narrow hallways and stairwells often don’t leave much room for accessorizing, so the staircase itself needs to make a statement. Improving your space doesn't always need to involve modernizing. A fresh coat of paint and some new post capitals/ trim can make a world of difference to a tired staircase. 

If you’re strapped for inspiration, have a look at some of the prestige rail fittings we have on offer. Trim, drop in panels and post capitals can be added to existing posts to give them a hamptons-esque upgrade.

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