One of the key elements in any home, which has more than 1 level, are the staircases. The width, height, basic configuration, and uses can vary from one house to another. The design of the house, the intricate details the architect has added in the stairs, the available space on the stairs, and your overall budget, all these factors will be responsible for making the final decision as to which particular flooring options you will opt for.
Depending upon what type of stairs you have, one that goes straight from 1 level to another, L-shaped stairs, double L-shaped stairs, U-shaped stairs, S-shaped stairs, winder shaped stairs, or spiral stairs, the options for your indoor staircase will differ. The best suggestion I can give you is to visit your local hardware store to get the right advice as to what type of flooring will work in the house. As for the basic, yet popular choice of adding flooring to you stairs, read the rest of the article for feasible ideas.
Types of Flooring for Stairs
The flooring on the staircase are not just for decorative purposes. Their functional and structural uses should also be kept in mind while making a decision. Nowadays, there are tons of stairs to choose from that adhere to various functions in the house and complement its surrounding décor. Below, we have discussed few flooring ideas you can consider.
If you're looking for an earthy finish, a modern take on home décor, then go with ceramic tiles for the staircase floors. Many people think that particular or perhaps all tile designs look good outdoors, but that's not the case. Ceramic tiles are a good alternative for stairs. Plus, it doesn't matter what the shape of your staircases are. All you have to do is see if your staircases can hold the weight of the tiles after installation, and you're good to go. You can browse through hundreds of designs, patterns, sizes, and colors of ceramic tiles.
For an amazing, classic and elegant look for your home, hardwood flooring on your stairs is perfect. And if you have hardwood floors around the house, what better way then adding hardwood staircases. The best choice of wood is oak which is tough and lasts for a very long time. Although, if you wish, there are other hardwood flooring you can choose from such as yellow birch, maple, etc. The prices can differ depending on which type of wood you will be using for installation.
While installing laminate flooring, you get a lot of varieties in designs, sizes, shapes, and colors. The flooring is glued to the staircase and gives them a chic look, without having to spend a lot. The entire décor of the house turns vibrant with laminate flooring. But remember, when you do go to purchase them, at the time of installation, you might have to add more than 1 laminate floor boards over the tread of the steps. The wood like finish definitely looks attractive and is one of the most popular options.
Last, but certainly one of the favorites, carpets on your staircase; it is one of the safest choices for homeowners. You can select a running carpet or go with the carpet tiles for installation. You get hundreds of colors, patterns, and texture to choose from. The cost of carpet tiles for stairs or the running carpets is considerably lower than the other options. However, the only issue lies with carpet flooring is that you would have to be extra careful as to not spill anything that can cause stains and follow specific cleaning and maintaining requirements. Other than that, you really can't go wrong with carpets on your staircases.
Hence, you will have some serious thinking to do before you make the final decision. Think of the family members (their preferences), their age group (risk and health factor), who will be using those staircases each day; according to that, you will find the answer to your stair decorating needs. And whichever flooring you choose, in the end, it will definitely accentuate your home's ambiance and beauty.