Opened VS Closed Stairs
Jeannie Nguyen
April 1, 2014 in Polls
When it comes to stairs, do you prefer opened or closed risers?

Cast your vote below and tell us which kind you have in your home! Photos are encouraged.

And if you don't have any stairs, tell us which one of these you'd prefer. :)
Open Risers
Closed Risers
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Beth Spencer-Spreeuw
Closed feels safer to me, especially with pets and kids
19 Likes   April 1, 2014 at 5:13PM
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3wizkids
we just closed ours in! The open stairs felt very unstable. We then added a huge closet under the stairs for extra storage as the hall closet was pretty small.
9 Likes   April 1, 2014 at 6:15PM
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pegingolf
I've never had to clean so much as since having open stairs. Dust, dust, dust, not on the stairs, but under them on the furniture below, and we're shoes off at the door people...
6 Likes   April 2, 2014 at 5:03AM
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Dytecture
Open staircases feel more contemporary. Agreed with a closed staircase for my personal home since it seems safer.
3 Likes   April 2, 2014 at 5:52AM
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jpompi
Closed definitely!!
2 Likes   April 2, 2014 at 5:54AM
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ambersarris
Love the clean, open, contemporary look!
2 Likes   April 2, 2014 at 6:13AM
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krootje
We had open staircases in our last home, but now we are building I definitely would go for closed. No dust, no cluttered cat hair or falling cats anymore,,,,
5 Likes   April 2, 2014 at 6:40AM
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Studio M Interior Design
I like the look of open risers, but if you hit the back of your ankle on any of them you will very quickly change your mind! :)
4 Likes   April 2, 2014 at 6:49AM
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rocketjcat
Interesting, both sample pictures have somewhat open risers...
We have open risers and love them, they let so much light through what might be a dark stairway.
1 Like   April 2, 2014 at 7:22AM
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Studio NOO Design
Opened when the house can take it, a contemporary one like on the photo.
1 Like   April 2, 2014 at 10:15AM
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cmra2013
I have closed ones, and they are the most practical. But maybe when there isn't little kids running around I would love to have a house with open stairs. In a design standpoint I think they look so nice! (:
1 Like   April 2, 2014 at 10:24AM
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krf9
I adore the look of open risers, it feels alot arier.
2 Likes   April 2, 2014 at 12:08PM
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Design Details
I think closed risers should be the default. Example 1 shows a good use of open risers but unless they are used to admit light they are distracting and disorienting. The primary use of stairs is convenient and safe vertical circulation.
8 Likes   April 2, 2014 at 2:38PM
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kmkane
Completely depends on the style and design of the home/building. Not exactly a fair question
0 Likes   April 4, 2014 at 1:03AM
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Craig Thompson Contracting
I personally like the open risers as they lend themselves to so much creativity. The treads can be of a variety of materials such as even glass. However, it certainly does depend on the style and circumstances of the home and occupants.
0 Likes   April 4, 2014 at 9:04AM
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Eliza Osenbaugh-Stewart
Open risers feel 'unfinished' to me. And totally unsafe for kids.
1 Like   April 16, 2014 at 1:14AM
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dianeddfl
To me, open look fine for going down to a basement with a washing machine but add a really cheap quality going to bedrooms. It would be one of the first things I'd remodel if I moved into a house.
0 Likes   April 22, 2014 at 9:11PM
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Whatknot
Hubby built an open staircase outside the two storey garage and used the wrong screws. When they finally rotted out, he was the one who went down hard when they let loose. Ouch.
1 Like   April 23, 2014 at 6:00PM
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jswillig
I like open but agree with the comments about feeling unsafe with kids and pets. I wonder if there are some screens or something so you have the feeling of openness but still have the safety...
2 Likes   April 23, 2014 at 6:03PM
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Terri Smithmier
closed is safer in my opinion
2 Likes   April 23, 2014 at 6:06PM
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Jacqueline Pestano
I have lived with both and they all feel and look great to me
0 Likes   April 23, 2014 at 6:11PM
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Anina Salerno_Aita
We have open on our deck, and I hate them. There's a short run and a long one, and I only use the short run because the long one feels so unsafe. My dogs feel the same way. We are rebuilding the long run soon, and they will be closed, and have an extra step added as well, so they are not so steep.
1 Like   April 23, 2014 at 6:40PM
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christina8822
Open is far too dangerous.
1 Like   April 23, 2014 at 7:13PM
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mikedonny
I love the look of open, but have had them before and cleaning is a huge issue. We now have closed but with a glass railing that gives the light airy feeling. Best of both!
1 Like   April 23, 2014 at 7:46PM
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tikkitalk
Closed. Partyof1 - my heart goes out to you... My deepest condolences for your loss. Love and luck for a bright future with this baby.
0 Likes   April 23, 2014 at 7:58PM
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Sydney Chandler
Closed definitely. I just don't like an open staircase. I have a young niece and it's just safer for all involved when they're closed. Even for an adult, it's better. And trying to clean an open staircase is a complete nightmare.
2 Likes   April 23, 2014 at 8:04PM
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lefty47
HI - I physically cannot navigate open riser or see through stairs . My knees go weak and I feel ill . Something from my childhood I guess .
2 Likes   April 23, 2014 at 8:11PM
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christina8822
Partyof1, I am so sorry for your loss.
2 Likes   April 23, 2014 at 8:13PM
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Craig Thompson Contracting
To partyof1 - That is a powerful reason to stay with closed risers. Thank you for sharing your experience. I am so very sorry for your loss. That, alone, is reason enough to close the risers.
1 Like   April 23, 2014 at 8:29PM
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Laurel Ennis
Stairs scare me, and open risers are a stairway to anxiety. The only thing worse would be glass spiral stairs. Eesh! I like carpeted closed riser stairs. Not scary at all. If you do fall, the carpet cushions your fall. It also makes them quiet.
1 Like   April 23, 2014 at 8:53PM
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kathleen MK
As a serious acrophobic I HATE open stairs and take elevators in lots of those "open airy" malls, galleries etc. with glass railings on escalators and open stairs.
0 Likes   April 23, 2014 at 9:09PM
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tamara214
Closed. I have toddlers and open stairs, not a good combination!
1 Like   April 23, 2014 at 9:49PM
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Susan
I was going to say open, but after reading Partyof1's post, for my grandchildren's sake, I would go with closed. So sorry for your loss. We have a one story, so no stairs.
0 Likes   April 23, 2014 at 9:55PM
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arbejazz architects studio ltd.
A credit would be nice thank you
1 Like   April 24, 2014 at 11:01AM
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brendaspaeth
Closed for me. I get the heebie geebies walking up open stairs. Don't like ladders much either!:)
1 Like   April 24, 2014 at 1:11PM
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jswillig
Party o 1? I don't see the post you are all talking about
0 Likes   April 25, 2014 at 7:16AM
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J Design Group - Interior Designers Miami - Modern
Open Risers

J Design Group, Modern Interior Design Firm in Miami, Florida. http://www.JDesignGroup.com
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