Cut String Stairs
What is a Cut String Staircase?
On your average staircase the string (the vertical part of your staircase that the treads and risers sit in) are diagonal oblongs simply following the pitch of the staircase. In a cut string staircase, the strings are machined to follow the tread and riser (The rise and going).
This adds real character to your staircase and takes one of the more boring aspects of a staircase and turns it into one of your staircases greatest assets.
This type of staircase doesn’t really cause any issues with Building Regulations as long as your balustrade is dealt with correctly. As a baserail looks unsightly sitting on top of just your tread, we would instead dovetail the bottom of the spindles and sit them in a corresponding dovetail in each tread, this not only creates a flawless balustrade but also means that everything on your cut string staircase will comply fully with UK Regulations.
Upon choosing a cut string stair design you have one main question to ask yourself, which parts of the staircase would you like to be cut string? Most customers would choose for any elements that are not up against a wall to be cut string. This does not have to be the case however is the most economical. Another option would be for the whole staircase to have a cut string, as such you would have a cut string on the wall side and you would need to make us aware of this as we would need to make a few tweaks to the design to make it fit comfortably.
This isn’t technically anything to do with cut string stairs, however the two so often go hand in hand that we would be remiss to not mention them together. Rather than your standard handrail in which your handrail terminates in newel posts, a continuous handrail instead sweeps and arcs with the staircase, normally terminating in some form of volute which is itself a spiral of handrail and spindles. This is done in such a way as to give the impression of one long, unbreaking elegant handrail, however it is actually made up of multiple pieces all created and cut to suit your staircase perfectly and create a genuine ‘wow’ factor. However, if you’re looking for a continuous handrail, you’ll need to get in touch with us. They’re a bit more complicated than your average flight and will need to be designed, bespoke, for every flight.
Cut String Stairs With Brackets
An additional option, beyond the standard cut string is the add a bracket as shown here. This is an interesting addition and creates a further feature of the string. This is very much a period design choice and adds a degree of authenticity to any cut string staircases.
We would also be happy to create the brackets to a bespoke design rather than our standard ‘wave’ option, however this would be a little more expensive.
What Else Can We Do For You?
That’s our brief guide to Cut String stairs, I hope that this has given you a good overview of the options available! If you have any more questions, or would like a quote for a cut string stair please feel free to email us using email@example.com or call us on 01782 832555 and we would be happy to have a chat about your needs.