Oak Staircases from Pear Stairs

Oak Staircases  

Pear Stairs builds and supplies oak staircases and stair parts in European Oak and American White Oak.

We really know our timbers here, so you can be sure that we can recommend the right wood for you – and we love working with oak.

On this page we’ll take a look at some of the benefits of European Oak and American White Oak, and the oak staircase designs our team can achieve.

American White Oak

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American White Oak is grown across the Eastern US, and comes in light yellow-brown to pale biscuit tones, with an occasional pink tinge to the wood depending on the region.

We use American White Oak in 95% of our oak staircases. This is an extremely attractive material, with a beautiful grain.

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This timber takes quality wood treatments very well, polishing and staining to an excellent finish.

With the correct finishing and surface (we recommend Fiddies Wax Oil), American White Oak provides a beautifully grained timber that can become a talking point of any home.

Many of our clients prefer American White Oak not just for its beauty, but its ability to be matched to flooring and skirting in similar American White Oak. When treated with Fiddies Wax Oil, all wooden features can be matched to compliment each other. The overall effect is stunning, as shown on the right.


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European Oak

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European Oak usually comes in shades ranging from tan to biscuit, but can sometimes take on an attractive silver-grey tone on the end-grain once sawn.

This type of timber usually offers a fine, straight grain. It has excellent steam-bending properties, and readily takes wax and varnish.

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Some clients prefer this slightly darker oak over the lighter American White Oak. However, as it is less abundant, European Oak is 40% more expensive than American White Oak.

Pears Stairs doesn’t keep this timber in stock, but orders it in specifically for each order placed. Therefore, a European Oak staircase will take 3-4 weeks to complete (after receipt of a signed drawing). Conversely, an American White Oak staircase can be delivered in as little as 7-10 days.

With all our oak products, we recommend that non-ferrous fixings are used, as the acidic quality of oak timber can cause metals containing iron to corrode, discolouring the surrounding wood to a blue-grey tone. Pear Stairs recommends using stainless steel fixings, wood dowels, yellow passivated screws (coated steel) or zinc coated fixings.

We keep all of the required elements for an American White Oak staircase in stock, and can supply a standard finished staircase (after agreeing on working drawings) within 7-10 days.


Oak Staircases

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What makes our oak staircases special?

We asked one of our oak specialists what makes Pear Stairs’s oak staircases so special. He gave us the following reasons that he’s proud of our oak stairs:

  • We only use solid oak in our oak staircases. Where necessary, we may sometimes laminate our oak parts (glue 2-3 quality cuts of oak together to form a whole in the required shape), but we will never use an oak veneer (an outer oak surface with a softwood center).
  • All of our oak staircases are produced bespoke to your requirements. We don’t have a range of ‘standard’ sizes for you to choose from – we understand that every home has its quirks, and by using a standard range of sizes, we’d more than likely be leaving you with the problem of fitting a staircase that doesn’t exactly match your space. Instead, we’re comitted to producing every staircase to your home’s exact measurements.
  • All of our oak staircases are dry-fitted in our factory prior to shipping. This ensures that all parts will fit on arrival – and any problems we identify during the dry-fit process can be rectified immediately. This could potentially save you or your joiner hours of fitting time.
  • We use only high quality oak. Our joinery grade oak is generally defect free, though may contain the occasional knot. The oak we source ourselves comes from trusted and ethical suppliers, who manage sustainable, natural forests in Northern Europe and the Eastern US.
  • We price our oak staircases fairly; without unnecessary add-ons or surprise charges. If you need to rethink or redesign elements of your oak staircase design, we will never charge you more for the additional time.
  • We are commited to a fast delivery time. Once we have received your initial request, working drawings and quote will take approximately 3 days to produce. On receipt of a signed drawing, we expect delivery of your staircase to take just 10 days for a standard oak staircase, or 3-4 weeks for a non-standard design.

 Oak staircases completed by Pear Stairs

Oak Staircases


This elegant modern staircase combines the beautiful grain of American White Oak with toughened and laminated glass treads. The result is a truly stunning combination of traditional timber and modern glass; these materials really complement one another.

About our service, our customer said:

Very happy, exactly how we pictured it, thanks again!

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A grand statement in European Oak – this half landing staircases incorporates a balustrade of extra wide spindles and newels, and highly decorative artichoke caps, making the most of the beautiful timber.

Our customer said:

Pear Stairs dealt with this project like the many other projects we have completed with them, friendly, professionally and efficiently, with no fuss and an excellent staircase delivered on time.

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 This stunning curved staircase design is one of our favourites, and we’re very proud of it.

The wooden components are entirely American White Oak – including the curved D-end risers on the first and second steps. By combining a cut string profile and stop chamfered spindles and newels with the fluid curve and beautiful oak finish, this staircase achieves a balance of the traditional and modern that is truly elegant.

Our customer said:

We are entirely delighted with the staircase now it has been installed, we have received many complimentary remarks from our friends. All the staff at Pear Stairs have been great to work with, both from the initial design stage through to the installation demonstrating a total commitment to customer care, which made the process a pleasure. The workmanship of the finished product is of an extremely high standard and we would not hesitate to recommend them to others. Our thanks to them all!

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This elegant single-winder staircase design is produced in American White Oak, and brings a period-inspired elegance to the property.

The colour of the timber and the choice of provincial style newels and spindles perfectly matches the surrounding.

Our customer said:

My joiner was very impressed with the ease and simplicity of the installation and I had no hesitation in ordering another set of Oak Pear Stairs, much cheaper than locally supplied stairs