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Design Advice for Oak Staircases with Glass Balustrades

The combination of oak and glass in a staircase is a popular design option that enables a clean, sleek and sophisticated look. Ideal for both contemporary and traditional settings, you can achieve a wide variety of designs guaranteed to wow prospective homeowners and visitors alike.

Yet, despite the obvious benefits this design option brings, glass is often perceived to be quite limiting as a material. In this post, we aim to challenge this misconception.

The Benefits of Oak and Glass Staircases

Before we delve into your design options, we’ll cover the myriad benefits that can be gained by incorporating an oak staircase with glass from both a design and practical perspective.

Oak and Glass Staircases Complement A Range of Homes

Combining the traditional aesthetic of oak and the modern feel of glass, oak and glass staircases compliment a range of homes in any style. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to think of a setting where this design option wouldn’t work.

An Oak Staircase With Glass Enhances Natural Light

The addition of glass will, of course, allow ample sunlight to pass through and illuminate the rest of the home, creating a bright and welcoming environment. Excellent for mental wellbeing, too!

Oak And Glass Gives The Illusion Of More Space

Without any physical partitions to stop the passage of sunlight, the transparency of glass will create the illusion of more space – ideal in open plan settings – and in areas that want to achieve unobstructed views to the outdoors and throughout the rest of the home.

A Sound Investment

It’s not uncommon for people to assume that glass is less durable than wood. This is, in fact, not the case. Toughened glass is highly resistant, which is why it’s used in a range of structures – as well as staircases. Not to mention it is widely accepted within the Building Regulations in complying with necessary loading requirements.

Oak Staircases With Glass Balustrade Designs

As we’ve mentioned, you’re not limited when it comes to glass. In this section, we’ll uncover some of the designs you can achieve with this surprisingly versatile design option.

Structural Glass with Your Oak and Glass Staircase

Structural glass is perfect for those wanting to create a frameless balustrade. Due to its durability, structural glass negates the need for traditional supports. This allows you to think more freely about design.

Oak Staircase With Glass Spindles

Want to create something unique? Glass spindles are a modern take on this traditional staircase feature. Small individual panes of glass are fixed securely to the base and handrails. This removes the need for brackets, which leaves you with a seamless finish.

Oak Staircases With Glass on Brackets

This simple yet striking design incorporates large panes of glass which are fitted to the railings and newel posts and secured in place using stainless steel clamps. This leaves a small area of open space around the edges.

Oak Staircases With Glass Risers

And lastly, we have glass risers. This design option delivers a creatively unique aesthetic and one which works well with spotlighting – to highlight and reflect the surface.

How Do You Fit Glass and Oak Stair Parts?

The addition of glass may seem like a daunting prospect when it comes to on-site installation, but at Multi-Turn our parts are designed to be simple to fit, removing pressure from your carpenters.

As you might imagine, glass forms different functions depending on the design you opt for. For example, you may be using:

• Structural landing glass

• Structural flight glass

• Landing cover board

• Flight cover board

• Glass with brackets

• Beaded glass

Each design comes with its own set of instructions. Thankfully, we have a detailed glass fitting instructional document, which provides detailed instruction on the fitting of the above styles. You can download the document here.


If you’d like to find out more about our oak staircases with glass balustrade option, don’t hesitate to contact a member of the team today on 01962 712299 or email us on


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