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Style Guide: Add a Touch of Glass to Your Staircase

Modern Glass Staircase Design

When you think about ‘modern staircase design’, ‘glass’ is perhaps one of the first things you think about. It embodies everything that is open and light and complements a multitude of contemporary spaces.

It’s no wonder that, over the years, glass has soared in popularity; so much so that it is now regarded as a material of choice within architecture and interior design.

Yet, there are still some misconceptions out there. It’s often suggested that glass can be quite limiting as a material when, in reality, this can’t be further from the truth. Glass can be incorporated into a staircase in many ways – as you’ll see in this post.

So, if you’re a house builder or developer, you’re going to want to read on. In this post, we take you through some of the top glass staircase design ideas so you can ‘wow’ your prospective buyers.

What Are the Benefits of a Modern Glass Staircase?

Before we head into design specifics, we’re going to cover the benefits. Incorporating glass into your staircase can help you deliver a more attractive selling proposition for potential buyers. Here are just some of the benefits to having a modern glass staircase.

Oak Staircases with Glass Balustrade


One of the biggest reasons why clients choose to incorporate glass into their staircase design: its ability complements homes of any style. When combined with the natural elegance of timber, glass creates a sense of sophistication and will help to create that wow-factor in a hallway.

A Bespoke Glass Staircase Enhances Natural Light

Incorporating glass into your staircase will allow ample sunlight to pass through and illuminate its surroundings. It creates a bright, welcoming environment, even if your stairwell is in a typically shaded area of your home.

A Glass Staircase Gives the Illusion of More Space

Clear glass has the power to make a space appear larger than it really is – something that isn’t as easy to replicate with other materials such as wood or metal. It’s the perfect choice if you wish to make the most of unobstructed views.

A lasting investment

Many perceive glass to be delicate, so you may be surprised to hear that it’s actually more durable than wood! As well as being widely accepted within building regulations and complying with the necessary loadings required, toughened glass is highly resistant against the everyday knocks and bumps that it may face in a busy home.

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Staircase Glass Deign Options

Structural Glass Balustrades

wood modern staircase design with glass

Frameless balustrades are a stunning design feature, where our toughened structural glass is integrated into the staircase structure. This removes the need for traditional supports and allows you to think more freely about the design.

Glass Spindles for Stairs

staircases with glass panels

Our glass spindles are a modern take on the traditional staircase feature. Instead of using larger panels, we use small individual panes of glass to create a unique and stylish design. Spindles are fixed to the base and handrails, removing the need for any brackets to leave you with a seamless finish.

Glass on Brackets

staircase with glass on brackets

Our glass brackets system is a simple yet striking design. Large panes of glass are fitted to the railings and newel posts using secure stainless-steel clamps, leaving a small area of open space around the edges.

Glass Risers

staircase with glass risers

If you’re looking for something a little bit extra to add to your staircase for the ultimate indulgence, glass risers could be the perfect option for you. In previous projects, we’ve incorporated spot lighting to highlight and reflect the surface, creating a sleek, modern feature in our client’s hallways.


With any staircase, the design can’t be overlooked. It’s often the main focal point in any hallway and should therefore receive the aesthetic consideration it deserves.

As you can see, there are lots of things you can achieve with glass – from simple glass risers to unique glass spindles. This post aims to spark a bit of creativity for those who are weighing up their options.

If you have staircase project in the pipeline and would like to discuss your design options, get in touch with us today on 01962 712299 or pop in to our Winchester showroom to find out how we can help.


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