Whilst a staircase is clearly functional, providing access to higher and lower floors in a home, they can also be designed to be attractive features. This stair rods buyers guide considers the role of stair rods in bringing individual character and style to a staircase and advise what you need to consider when purchasing.
Stair rods are decorative and a design feature on steps and stairs fitted with carpet or natural flooring. Fit one per step and attach with rod holders or brackets where the riser meets the step. The brackets vary in design, depending on whether the stair covering is full width or a central runner.
In the 19th century, stair rods were used to hold a piece of cloth or stair-carpet to a staircase. However, today we use secure gripper instead and therefore stair rods are now simply decorative and all about making an attractive visual feature.
Instal stair runner rods on stairs fitted with carpet and underlay or natural flooring and underlay.
Feature stair rods either on a stair runners (indented carpet running up the centre of the stairs) or fitted stair carpet (full width of staircase). Make sure you choose the correct bracket option when purchasing. Stacked in a regular, linear pattern, one above another all the way up a staircase, stair rods can create an illusion of spaciousness for even the humblest of staircases. Shown here is the Tudor.
Yes, carpet rods are easily installed at the time of a new stair runner or retro-fitted. Each one is fitted to the staircase with screws, in the right-angle where the vertical riser meets the step.
Quality-made stair rods are bespoke-made to fit the dimensions of your stairs. Choose from a wide selection of finials (decorative rod ends), rod styles and thicknesses, and numerous metal and wood finishes, along with the specific length you require.
Complement or contrast your rods with your stair carpet from the choice of metal and wood finishes. Quality rods such as the Premier are manufactured in solid brass, whilst Country and Vision ranges are bespoke-made from tubular brass in a choice of ten different metal finishes. It is the norm for metal rods to be supplied in a lacquered finish; this is invisible and ensures no tarnishing over time. However, stairrods can be specially ordered with no lacquer, on request.
For a natural feel, choose the Tudor range of wooden runner rods, available in a rich dark wood or lighter oak look.
The Blacksmith Ball and Blacksmith Flat runner rod designs are produced in a rustic-looking matt black and stainless steel finish and feature an irregular, hammered texture.
The standard rod, fixed in between the two finials (decorative ends), is tubular and plain in design. However, attractive alternatives to the standard plain rod are available, including:
Quality-made tubular or hollow rods are manufactured from a robust gauge of steel or brass, which will not dent or bend easily and are designed to withstand frequent foot traffic and look smart for many years to come. However, for the utmost in quality, check out solid core stair rods such as the six designs in the Premier range, which are hand-finished in a choice of ten options, including polished brass, antique brass, polished chrome, black, brushed chrome and pewter.
The decorative motifs on either end of a runner rod help to define the character and overall look of a staircase. Some finials are manufactured integral to the rod whilst others come pre-attached to the rod brackets. From naturalistic thistles to stylised acorns, popular balls to medieval fleur-de-lys, exotic onion domes to minimalist flat-tipped ends, the finials make a decorative statement on a staircase.
A pair of brackets is typically supplied with a newly purchased, quality stair rod, complete with fitting screws and manufactured to match the finish of the stair rod. The design of bracket depends on the manufacturer and the application. Be careful to choose the right option when ordering:
A skilled carpet fitter will install the brackets at a slight angle to cater for the winding staircase. However, the Blacksmith Ball and Flat stair rods are supplied with a universal style of bracket held in place with just one screw, which makes this process simple.
Curved steps are typically found at the bottom of some staircases. Some designs of carpet rods can be manufactured curved to match a customer-supplied template. Please get in touch for further information.
Most quality stair rods are custom-made to the length you require. In the case of a staircase fitted with a runner carpet, the manufacturer requires the exact tip-to-tip measurement, including an over-hang either side of your runner for the brackets and the finial. Meanwhile, for stair-rods ordered with Front Fix brackets, you will need to provide the tip-to-tip measurement of the rod including finials, only. And finally, the length of Side Fix stair rods is determined by the width of the staircase. For more advice read here.