Don’t put off dealing with a wobbly stair railing, especially if you have kids in the house. “A stair railing should resist a force of about 200 pounds,” says Frank Lesh, owner of Home Sweet Home Inspection Company in Indian Head Park, Ill. “A little movement is normal, but if it shakes just by touching it, you’ve got a problem.” You may be able to tighten the railing’s attachment to the wall yourself if it’s short, but a long railing or one with a balcony will likely require the attention of a pro.
Black railings contrast beautifully with the glass banisters and hardwood stairs of this custom staircase. Large windows behind the stairs fill the room with natural light during the day, and pendant lights hanging form the tall ceilings provide light at night.
Large wood beams cross over the high, open ceiling space in this staircase. Above the beams, wood planks form a sunburst design on the ceiling. The chandelier hanging above matches the wrought iron banister
A textured carpet runner gives a burlap look to the top of these stairs for a subtle southern influence in the design. White newel posts create an entrance frame then white balusters and a deep wood hand rail line the rest of the design. Family photos and mounted candle displays add personality and color to the white wall space.
The loft area is transformed into a coastal-inspired living area, complete with a navy sectional decorated in a mix of throw pillows. Navy-and-white Roman shades dress the windows, while a herringbone rug adds texture to the hardwood floor.