The Pros and Cons of a Glass Staircase

Glass Staircase

 

If you’ve ever considered adding a glass staircase to the aesthetic of your home, you might be weighing up the pros and cons. Glass staircases look great, but are they practical in a family home? Here is everything that you need to know about glass staircases.

Advantages

Aesthetic

Glass staircases are always featured in interior design magazines and for a good reason. They look super stylish, modern and sophisticated. They’re very elegant and can be customised to suit the rest of your home’s decor. For instance, if your home is more traditional, you can install a glass balustrade and keep the rest of the stairs as they were. If your home is more contemporary, a full glass staircase will look incredible, making your stairs look like they are floating.

Designs

Glass staircases have a variety of designs. You can experiment with different textures such as transparent, opaque, frosted, textured or smooth. You can also use different colours, such as a light green to help your staircase suit the space.

Lighting

One of the ways to make the most of your glass staircase is to combine it with statement lighting. Installing a ceiling chandelier will reflect light off the staircase, whilst floor LED lighting can be installed in the steps to give them a beautiful glow.

Opens up the Space

Glass staircases work well if your home is open plan, as they open up the space and bring in light. You can use them to separate different areas without disrupting the flow of the design. The glass will reflect the light, or allow it to pass through, which makes the space look bigger. You can also use glass staircases in smaller spaces.

Easy to Clean and Harder to Damage

Glass staircases are relatively easy to clean, and they don’t harbour bugs in the same way that wooden staircases do. For a quick clean, just grab a mop and some hot water.The staircase won’t be damaged if it comes into contact with moisture, and it won’t rot or be prone to a termite issue.

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Disadvantages

Strength

Although glass staircases are made of reinforced glass that is perfectly safe to walk on, it could crack if you dropped a heavy object on it. This could be problematic if you are planning to carry furniture up the stairs. If the worst happens and it does crack, it could be costly for you to replace just one section. However, bear in mind that this is unlikely to happen with the everyday use of the staircase.

Slippery

Glass staircases aren’t always ideal for family homes with children or elderly people, as they can sometimes be slippery, especially after cleaning or if you accidentally spill some liquid on them. If you have a home with young children running around or elderly relatives, a wooden staircase may be a better choice for your household’s needs.

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