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With over 100 years in the joinery trade and through the utilisation of technology, we can offer a product and service which is second to none. Our Stoke-on-Trent based 100,000 sq ft factory boasts the very latest in technology for staircase manufacturing, meaning that we can ensure consistently high levels of accuracy in production. We guarantee quality workmanship and complete satisfaction with every project we undertake.

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Combining over 100 years of woodworking expertise with the latest technology means we can design and manufacture the perfect staircase for your home.

All our staircases are made in our Midlands based factory. They are hand finished to perfection before being assembled and delivered direct to you.

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  • Case Study: Designing a Staircase with Character

    A Complete New Build

    Billie-Jean and Mark Holden had originally planned to stay in their four-bedroom ‘forever’ home in Cheshire. But, having purchased the bungalow that was up for sale next door, and with the intention of getting planning permission to sell on, they soon had more ambitious plans to build their own oak framed home on the land to become mortgage free.

    After visiting a traditionally styled cottage built by Welsh Oak Frame, they were set on building a characterful oak f...

  • Case Study: Complete Staircase Renovation

    The Renovation Project

    This 1930’s semi-detached property was given a complete overhaul by homeowner Mr Proctor. He describes how he went about transforming the staircase as part of his renovation project:

    “The house was old and dated, and in a mess. When thinking of ways to improve the hallway, stairs and landing, a new glass balustrade on the staircase was the first thing that came to mind. Having previously worked in the staircase industry, I already had some knowledge about what could be achieved here with a staircase renovation.” (Mr Proctor)

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    We have ordered 2 sets of staircases from Stairbox. We liked the first one so much and the customer service and delivery were excellent so we decided to order a second. Once again the product, service and delivery were excellent. I would highly recommend this company.

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    Carl Mason came and delivered our order. Unfortunately I was in a meeting and wasn’t able to help him with unloading etc. Carl very kindly unloaded everything and put it when I requested. He was very friendly and professional and it wasn’t a issue that I wasn’t able to help. Would definitely recommend

All about open plan staircases
08 February 2022

All about open plan staircases

Contemporary and eye catching, an open plan staircase makes a design statement and looks great from every angle. If you want to open up a space this type of staircase is for you. Coupled with a glass balustrade, open plan stairs allow light to pass through, making the areas around them feel bright, spacious and free flowing.

What is an open plan staircase?

So what makes an open plan staircase? Rather than having a riser that bridges the full gap between treads (like the traditional staircase shown below), there is instead a gap in the rise. Regulations state that this gap can not be 100mm or greater for safety, so a small ‘half riser’ ensures that the gap is not too big whilst allowing the maximum amount of light through – one of the main benefits of open plan flights.

Traditional construction staircase
Open plan staircase
Riser options

There are a couple of options when it comes to the half risers:

In the below photo, the staircase has flush half risers – the tread and riser meet with a sharp, clean edge which gives the impression of a solid, chunky step:

Open plan staircase with flush half risers
Open plan staircase with flush half risers

Whereas with the next staircase, the treads have a nosing which overhangs the half riser. This is a more traditional construction and can make the half risers appear more elegant:

Oak open plan staircase with half risers
Open plan staircase with half risers

Purely aesthetic, which style you go for is completely down to your personal preference! You can select and view both options in our online StairBuilder to see which style you prefer.


Open plan staircases are a popular choice, especially with more and more people adopting open-plan layouts for their homes and living spaces. Click here to read about our customer Simon Williams’ own open plan staircase and the difference it’s made to his home.

For more open plan staircase inspiration, head to our gallery.

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