This is an excerpt from a guest blog by Alex Illidge, written for our sister company Pear Stairs:

Now that Christmas is approaching, the season for family visits and cosy get-togethers is nearly at hand! It’s time to get around to those DIY jobs you’ve been planning. If you are hoping to renovate your old staircase, it’s likely you’ll have heard a number of people recommending oak components for the job. But why is oak so popular? The team at Pear Stairs, a company that specialises in stairs and staircase components, can tell you why.

  1. Look

Oak is a highly adaptable wood that can be finished in a variety of ways. Natural oak is soft and unobtrusive in shade, meaning that bolder choices of staircase components or other furnishings can stand out well against it. Oak is also an attractive material in itself, and can make even simple staircase designs appear impressive and sleek. As well as being naturally beautiful, oak is also an easy wood to paint or stain, so it’s great if you’re planning on a bolder look too.

  1. Variety

Many woodworkers favour oak, as it is highly pliable and easy to manipulate. This means that there is a variety of interesting looks that are possible. From sharp modern minimalism to rustic, traditionalist design, oak is the ideal choice whatever your tastes.

  1. Longevity

Not only has the look of oak never gone out of fashion, but the hardiness of this wood ensures that oak staircase components are unlikely to require repair or replacement. If you want a simple way to futureproof your staircase, oak is certainly the way to go.

Read more of Alex’s post on the Pear Stairs blog page. Oak stair parts are also available at Wonkee Donkee Richard Burbidge.