Style Guide: Cut string staircase options


When adding a touch of flair to your staircase design, it’s the little details that will make all the difference.


In our past Style Guides, we’ve shared insights into the various options available, including open risers, feature bottom steps and spindles. In the latest part of our series, we’re taking a closer look at cut string staircases and how they can give your design a superior finish.


What is a cut string staircase?


Cut strings are a timeless feature that leave the tread nosing exposed from the side elevations of the stairs. They can be used for any configuration, from a simple straight flight to a curved design.


You can choose to add turned timber spindles for a traditional look, or even combine them with glass balustrades or metal spindles for something more contemporary.


How are they made?


Return ends to treads: These are to hide the end grain on the treads, enhancing the look of quality which belongs to a cut string staircase.






Risers mitred into strings: These are to hide the end grain on the risers. With decorative brackets, the riser is mitred into the bracket.







Spindles tenoned into treads: To help simplify fitting on site, the spindles are easily located in pockets on the treads.







Optional extras


We have a handful of standard cut string systems that showcase a variety of styles to suit both contemporary and traditional homes.


Scotia

This decorative timber moulding sits beneath the nosing and covers where the treads, strings and risers meet.


Brackets & Scotia

Added to the strings, brackets can be combined with scotia moulding to create a unique finish.


Stairs to suit all budgets


Even if your project is working to a tight budget, you can still achieve the cut string effect. MDF treads can be used as a cheaper alternative to some woods; simply finish by painting and adding a carpet runner for an elegant look.


Cut string staircases are a perfect choice if you want to add a bit of character to your home. Get in touch with the team at Multi-Turn to see how we can help today – call us on 01962 712299 or email web-enq@multiturn.co.uk.