Open riser staircases - let the light through to be a design winner in your home!
I want to chat about open risers in staircases, not only how remarkable they look but how brilliant they are at letting light into the space and also at the openness it creates. They turn a sometimes somewhat boring staircase into a special feature place.
A few facts about stairs are:
Risers are the vertical parts of a stair. Treads are where you place your feet. The Rise is the height of the staircase and the Nosing is the front edge of the stair tread. The Stringers are the side sections that house the treads and risers of the stairs.
Open risers are when the vertical part of stairs (the risers) are open rather than enclosed.
This gives a suspended effect to the stairs, and gives an unobstructed view between the treads.
They open up internal spaces maximising natural light that flows between the treads and makes space around it appear larger, reflecting a lot of light.
In many cases underneath a staircase becomes wasted space so why not swamp the space with light rather than using it for storage.
Below is 2 examples of open riser staircases.