Stairs are tough. They are stagnant and cost thousands of dollars if you want to move them. They are part of a house that you typically have to live with. It is not like a door or a window, which are fairly easy to change out when it starts to look shabby. So here are a few ways to help re-finish your stairs to make it modernize your home.
Replace/ Get Rid of The Carpet: Carpet is a great way to help you keep traction going up and down the stairs, but it doesn’t always look great. The stairs are usually one of the highest, if not the highest, traffic zone in your home. Getting rid of your old worn carpet will be a vast improvement. Walking down the stair in socks will be slightly more dangerous than it was before, but if you have hardwood floors everywhere else it just sticks out too much.
Remove the Railing: This is for the true minimalists among us. This can be bit more dangerous so you don’t want to do this if you have younger children. However it will make the room look larger, because the false wall the railing created will be gone. It give the room the illusion of an extra 3 feet of room.
Change the Material: I love wood, but that doesn’t mean you have to. There is no real limit to what material you can use to reface your stairs. Metal is probably the most practical, but I have also seen glass and stone. The key is getting the stairs to match the rest of your home. They should not stick out as an eyesore.
Mix the Materials: This is where you can really show off your creativity and get the stairs to blend with the rest of your home. If your home has a lot of wood and stainless steel, make a stainless steel railing. Use tile on the face of the steps.