The type of wood you select not only impacts the visual appeal of your stairs but also plays a significant role in durability, maintenance, and overall performance.

In this Pear Stairs guide, we'll walk you through various wood types for staircases, and their unique characteristics, and provide insights on making the best choice for your home.

Oak: Timeless Elegance 


• Durability: Oak is renowned for its strength and durability, making it an excellent choice for high-traffic areas like staircases.

Grain Pattern: Oak's prominent and distinctive grain pattern adds a touch of traditional elegance to any staircase.

Finishing Options: Oak can be stained or finished in various ways, allowing for customisation to suit your home's style.

Best For: Homeowners seeking a timeless and classic look that withstands the test of time.

White Ash: Strength with a Light Touch


Similar to Oak: Ash shares similarities with oak in terms of strength and durability.

• Lighter Colour: Ash tends to have a lighter colour, providing a more neutral palette for various design schemes.

• Straight Grain: Its straight grain pattern contributes to a clean and contemporary look.

Best for: those who appreciate the durability of oak but prefer a lighter colour option.

Hemlock: Creatively Customisable 


• Affordability: If you're looking to achieve a high-end appearance without breaking the bank, Hemlock offers an attractive balance between affordability and elegance.

• Stainability: Hemlock is amenable to various finishing options, allowing for customisation to suit your style.

• Light Colour Palette: Its pale, almost white appearance creates an airy and open feel, making it an ideal choice for homeowners aiming to brighten their living spaces.

Best For: Those who appreciate elegance that doesn't scream for attention, with it being suitable for creating a quietly refined ambience.

Bamboo: Stylish and Sustainable 


• Sustainable: Unlike hardwoods, Bamboo reaches maturity within a few years, making it an eco-friendly choice.

• Natural Resistance: This characteristic is particularly advantageous in areas of the home with fluctuating moisture levels to combat humidity.

• Strength: It rivals hardwoods in terms of strength, making it suitable for high-traffic areas like staircases.

Best For: The characteristics of bamboo make it an excellent option for homeowners who prioritise eco-friendliness.

Pine: Natural Beauty and Durability


• Affordable: As a softwood, Pinewood is often more cost-effective than hardwood alternatives.

• Warm Aesthetic: Pinewood boasts warm hues that add a natural and inviting feel to your staircase.

• Uniform Grain: Pinewood typically features a straight and uniform grain pattern, creating a clean and timeless look.

Best For: Pinewood's warm and inviting aesthetic suits those who want to infuse a sense of warmth and cosiness into their living space, starting with their staircase.

Sapele: Deep and Lustrous


• Distinctive Aesthetic Appeal: Sapele is renowned for its lustrous, reddish-brown colour, often featuring darker ribbon-like stripes that add depth and character.

• Stability: Sapele boasts impressive durability and dimensional stability. It is resistant to warping, twisting, and decay, ensuring that your staircase remains structurally sound over the years.

• Versatile: Warm tones of Sapele make it a versatile option that complements both traditional and contemporary design styles.

Best For: Sapele appeals to those who appreciate the luxurious look of fine wood, adding a touch of sophistication to their home.

Walnut: Sophisticated Warmth


• Colour: Walnut's rich, dark tones exude warmth and sophistication, creating a luxurious ambience.

• Hardness: While not as hard as oak, walnut is still a durable wood that resists wear and tear.

Unique Grain: Walnut's grain pattern adds a touch of uniqueness and character to staircases.

Best For: Those desiring a staircase with a rich, luxurious appearance and a warm, inviting feel.

How to Choose:

Consider Your Style

Choose a wood type that aligns with your home's overall style and aesthetic preferences.

Evaluate Durability

Consider the durability and hardness of the wood, especially if your staircase will experience heavy foot traffic.

Think about Maintenance

Some woods require more maintenance than others. Consider your willingness to invest time in upkeep.

Factor in Budget

Different woods come with varying price points. Factor in your budget when making a decision.

Sample and Visualise

Whenever possible, obtain samples of different wood types to see how they look in your home's lighting.

Selecting the right wood for your staircase involves careful consideration of style, durability, maintenance, and budget. At Pear Stairs, we offer a range of wood options, each with its unique charm.

Explore our selection and embark on the journey of crafting a staircase that not only connects your home's levels but also reflects your style and preferences.


Elevate your staircase experience with Pear Stairs—where craftsmanship meets choice.