Stairs are a feature of any building which will always draw eyes, not least because it often becomes the focal point of a room. Much attention is paid to creating the most functional and aesthetically pleasing staircase; the design, the materials, the positioning, all given top priority when designing a magnificent staircase. What doesn’t get enough thought is the handrail accompanying this grand piece. Handrails are often dismissed as a utilitarian necessity, something which is there explicitly because it is useful, rather than being an asset of the staircase. This mindset leads to missing a big part of designing a beautiful room. The handrail of a staircase is incredibly valuable for several reasons; first, it is useful for drawing eyes along through the room using its straight, defined edges. This can be useful in pulling together a room, or indeed sectioning parts of a room from a design perspective. Taking advantage of the natural salience of the handrail as a distinct edge in a room, a well-designed bannister can act as a divider between elements in the room; for example, it neatly separates a dark-colored staircase from a lighter-colored wall. Further, a handrail is arguably a necessity for a well-designed staircase; it would be an unusual sight to see a set of steps rising seemingly arbitrarily out of the ground. The handrail is effective at defining the spatial presence of a staircase, giving it a three-dimensional appearance by providing vertical definition as well as a limitation of width which makes a staircase look and feel like an object rather than void space. Plus, a staircase always feels more comfortable and secure when there is a solid border to hold on to and a wall to prevent falling off the edge. A handrail accomplishes this pragmatic function while also providing aesthetic benefits to the staircase itself and the room it is contained in.
So, now that it is clear how vital a handrail is for a functional and beautiful staircase, the question becomes; what kind of magical handrail do you need to accomplish all of this?
One answer; stainless steel, and here’s why:
Sleek, Industrial, Modern, and yes, Shiny. Stainless steel has an allure to it which is striking and elegant and can lend a feel of class and modernity to any space. Plus, the visceral reaction of “Oh, Shiny!” is always a winner.
Stainless steel isn’t all cookware and car parts; it is a versatile material available in different shines, finishes, and even colours to suit any job. It also has a sort of non-descript appeal which lends itself to use in just about any design yet manages to pop and impress on any stage.
There are a great many reasons to choose stainless steel from a materials perspective, from is strength to its integrity to its simple manufacturing, but the real selling point here is its endurance. It can withstand elements both living and nonliving, is easy to take care of and keep looking brand new, and can take a beating while still looking fresh as the day it was put in.
Finally, beneath all the lustre, all the material benefits and the design potential of this material, Stainless Steel is still really, really good at what it does. It has the brute strength and longevity to create powerful, stable structures which last for a long time, and almost impervious to breakdown, lending itself to be a most suitable material for a structure which people will rely on to keep them safe a comfortable for the long run.
All these benefits and more almost guarantee that if you are looking for a beautiful, tough, useful, and long-lasting handrail to accompany one of the most important structures in your space, you can bet that it ought to be stainless steel.