The load-bearing details of a staircase wholly or partly in steel can be produced in most designs and shapes. In many cases where a traditional wooden staircase needs the support of posts to the floor, a staircase with a steel structure can support itself. For example, a U-stair with a landing in the middle requires 3 walls for a wooden staircase to do without posts, a steel staircase only needs one wall on the long side of the landing.
If the staircase is to be placed in an interior that emphasizes minimalism, the 10-12mm thick steel side piece emphasizes a stripped-down impression. The steel in the stairs can be treated and dimensioned as desired and enables a move from the minimalist to the industrial look. In the vast majority of cases, a staircase on a steel structure is supplemented with wooden steps. A step made of wood is significantly warmer and softer to walk on compared to a step made of steel.
Different types of wood have different properties but also different prices. Pine is our cheapest option, we have plenty of coniferous forest in Northern Sweden and the wood we use comes almost literally from the back of the house, but pine is a relatively soft type of wood and the stairs are exposed to pretty tough touches every day, which is probably a big reason that almost 80% of the steps we manufacture today are ordered in oak.
Oak is a hard and durable type of wood which, for that reason, works well for both floors and stairs. The prices of oak have risen sharply in recent years because the supply does not quite keep up with the demand, but if you choose an oak staircase, it will definitely last many, many years. The most common combination is oak in steps and handrails, while the remaining details in the stairs are in white painted pine. In order to avoid the yellowing of the twigs (which always occurs sooner or later) on surface-treated softwood, we manufacture the wing piece in an mdf-clad pine core. Which also keeps down our impact on both the environment and the price to you as a customer. Posts and railing details are made of finger-jointed pine, which means we can avoid the twigs.
But there are many other types of wood to choose from. Ash with its lively grain is as hard as oak and very willing to stain/laser for those who want it.
Beech is slightly red in its original color, hard wood that is the rest of Europe's equivalent to our pine. Also a good type of wood for those who want to stain. Not as good when covering, as the joined slats have a tendency to move a little unevenly based on humidity and above all the step can be experienced as streaky.
Birch is a material that is well suited for cover painting but also beautiful as it is with its light color and toned down grain.
You can find more about our types of wood on the opposite page wood species and surface treatment.
Care advice varies slightly depending on the type of surface treatment you have chosen, but if you follow them, your wooden stairs will last for many years!