Staircases can pose a challenge for individuals with mobility limitations or disabilities however, with the inclusion of thoughtful modifications and design considerations, Pear Stairs can make your staircase more accommodating for everyone!

In this blog, we have explored our top tips and advice to help you transform your staircase into a safe and accessible space that promotes inclusivity for all.

Install Handrails on Both Sides

Adding handrails on both sides of a staircase is a simple yet crucial adjustment that significantly improves accessibility. The handrails must meet building standards for height and grip, ensuring they are sturdy enough to withstand force and weight.

For someone with visual impairment, it would be an ideal option to choose a contrasting colour for the handrail so they can differentiate from the wall. You can shop our range of Boxed Handrail Kits for easy and quick installation, allowing you to create another handrail on an existing wall.

You can use the following Case Studies to see examples of where a handrail has been installed on both sides of a staircase design:

1097 - The Oaks

1078 - Stiffkey

1045 - The Green

Improve Visibility

A well-lit staircase is essential for safety and accessibility. Adequate and well-placed lighting not only reduces the risk of accidents but also adds a touch of elegance to your staircase.

LED lighting is a popular choice for illuminating a staircase due to its efficiency and longer lifespan. They are also available in a range of colour temperatures, allowing you to choose between warm and cool lighting to suit your preferences.

Another option could be to consider utilising natural light. You can take advantage of this if your staircase is near a window or skylight. Natural light not only enhances visibility but also creates a welcoming and refreshing ambience.

Consider adding motion sensor lights that automatically activate when someone approaches the staircase, providing additional convenience and safety. This may be a good idea for families or households with small children.

For examples of staircases with enhanced lighting, use the following case studies:

1003 - Escott

1004 - Digswell

1013 - Onnen Fawr

1047 - Jarvis

Add a Carpet or Carpet Runner

Slippery stairs can be hazardous for anyone, especially individuals with mobility challenges. You can combat this by adding carpet to your flight or a carpet runner to enhance the traction on the steps.

The textured surface of the carpet fibres helps prevent slips and falls by offering a better grip for your feet. This is especially important in high-traffic areas or homes with children, seniors, or individuals with mobility challenges.

The cushioning effect of a carpet or carpet runner can help reduce the impact and risk of stumbling on the stairs. It provides a softer surface compared to harder materials like wood or tile, which can be unforgiving if someone were to trip or lose their balance. The added cushioning absorbs some of the impacts, potentially minimising injuries.

Installing a carpet or carpet runner with a different colour or pattern than the surrounding flooring can create visual contrast and enhance depth perception on the staircase. This makes it easier to distinguish each step, especially for individuals with visual impairments or those who may have difficulty perceiving elevation changes.

Here are a few examples of staircases that feature carpet or a carpet runner from our case study section:



1026 - wandsworth

1119 - brookside

Consider a Stairlift

For individuals with significant mobility limitations, installing a stair lift or chairlift can provide a safe and convenient solution. These devices allow individuals to navigate the staircase effortlessly while seated, eliminating the need for climbing stairs independently. Consult with a professional to determine the most suitable type of lift for your staircase layout.

See the following case study examples:


Creating an inclusive and accessible staircase is not only a matter of convenience but also a demonstration of empathy and respect for those individuals with varying abilities.


Accessible Staircases at Pear Stairs

If you are looking to design a completely new staircase or renovate an existing one with the idea of improving accessibility in mind, our team is more than happy to develop ideas and options to suit your needs. Even the smallest of adjustments can make the biggest difference!

Give our helpful design team a call on 01938 553311 or contact us directly using our Contact Us page to discuss your requirements further.