Style Guide: Lighten up your hallway with open riser stairs


Much more than just a practical connection between floors, your staircase is one of the key features of your interior. From traditional elegance to contemporary minimalism, there are plenty of ways to step up your design game that suits all tastes and styles.

If you have a new project in the works, here is everything you should know about one of our most popular options – open riser stairs.

What is an open riser staircase?

With open riser stairs, the riser – the vertical space between adjacent treads – is open, rather than enclosed.

They’re complimentary of open floor plans and are a popular choice in homes where designers want to increase the flow of natural light in and around the stairs. Not only do they create a bright and airy feel, but they also give the perception of a larger space.

Are open riser stairs safe?

To put it simply, yes! By working with an experienced manufacturer like Multi-Turn, we’ll ensure your staircase is safe and complies with UK standards.

Building regulations state that all stairs with open risers should be designed and constructed so that a 100mm sphere cannot pass through. There are creative ways to achieve this that don’t require reducing the space between your treads; which we’ll discuss next.

Design options

Timber downstand

Timber downstands are a simple design choice where wood sits underneath each tread to reduce the open gap. In this project we combined the timber with glass balustrades to allow the light to flow throughout the hallway.


Glass downstand

Glass downstands are the perfect option if you want to incorporate a modern and sleek twist to your staircase without partially losing the openness as you do with timber downstands. This project was completed with the addition of spot lighting which highlights each step.


Stainless steel rods

Stainless steel rods make a great addition to open riser staircases of all styles. In this project, the bar sits in the middle between each tread and is a smart but effective way of adding an extra element to the design.

If you’re looking to make your staircase dreams a reality, get in touch! Our expert team can share their advice and recommendations to make the most of your space. Give us a call on 01962 712299 or email web-enq@multiturn.co.uk.

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