Ready to change up your surroundings, but not looking to make a major investment? Often, seemingly minor home improvement projects can make a serious and substantial difference in the overall look and feel of your abode, and one way you can give your home a fresh facelift without busting your budget involves sprucing up the staircase you already have.
Making small changes to your existing staircase can result in big returns, and because staircases are often main focal points in many houses, doing so presents an easy, economical way to improve your home’s aesthetics. So, before you gut your entire staircase so you can install a new one, consider making the following stylistic changes.
1. Take off the carpet.
While carpeted stairs may help reduce noise, carpet also tends to accrue considerable damage over time – and particularly when it covers part of your home that you walk on countless times throughout the day. If you love the look and feel of wood stairs, but still have concerns about sound control, consider using fabric or a runner to cover the part of the treads where you typically step. Generally, wood stairs are much easier to clean and maintain than carpeted ones, and many people consider wood stairs to be more aesthetically pleasing, too.
2. Upgrade the handrail.
A great way to give your stairs a fresh look without performing a complete overhaul involves simply swapping out your existing handrail for a new and improved one. Available in wood, iron and a number of other materials, staircase handrails range broadly in terms of style, from the simple and functional to the elaborate and ornate.
3. Update the treads or risers.
A third way you can revamp and reinvigorate your existing staircase without taking on a major construction project involves updating the treads or risers. The treads are the part of the stairs that you actually step on, and they are prone to scratches, dings and related damage. The risers, meanwhile, are the vertical parts that run perpendicular to the treads, and they are often an underutilized element of many staircases. If you’re looking to set your staircase apart from the pack, consider adding colors or patterns to your risers.
Refreshing your stairs doesn’t have to involve a major undertaking. On the contrary, even a small investment in your stairs can result in a major return in terms of value, functionality and aesthetics.