Today I am sharing why we opened up our basement staircase and installed iron balusters. Opening up your basement staircase one of the most affordable ways you can make your basement feel custom, open and airy. If you missed our basement makeover post, check it out here.
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Stair Iron Balusters Installation
One of the first things Jim said to me when we were designing the new basement plan was, “your basement stairway needs to be open and not have a wall.” The biggest challenge when finishing a basement is making it feel like it’s not a basement. We wanted a space that was open, airy and felt like the rest of the house.
Why Open Basement Stairs
Our existing basement staircase was framed from the previous owner in preparation for a wall so Jim removed the existing 2×4’s and created an opening for a handrail and balusters.
Basement Staircase before.
You can see below how we framed a slanted opening to follow the staircase leaving an open space for the handrail and balusters.
Opening a stairway wall is one of the biggest things you can do in your home to make the space feel custom and open.
Staircases that are enclosed with walls create a dark and narrow space.
Once the staircase was framed, Jim added sheetrock to the wall portion, installed the handrail and drilled holes for the iron balusters.
Installing iron balusters on an angle is a little tricky and a bit involved but maybe I can get Jim to explain in another post dedicated specifically to installing balusters on an angle at a later date.
How do you secure iron balusters
Jim used Premium Loctite Construction Adhesive to secure the iron balusters in place.
We opted to use black iron balusters (were only $7!!!!) and shoes (the black piece at the bottom of the iron rail) and added an adjustable square knuckle to create a custom look. The balusters, shoes and knuckles were so cheap but look expensive!
Opening Stairway Walls
So many of you emailed and asked how to figure out what color baluster to use. We opened up our basement staircase and installed iron balusters because the rest of the basement has black sliding barn door hardware and I felt like the black iron balusters would pop against the white trim and coordinate nicely with the door hardware. Be sure to check out our basement reveal post to see the door hardware.
If you are not a fan of the black iron balusters, you can opt for wood balusters. I personally like white wood balusters as well.
This picture below shows the balusters, handrail and the oak treads (more on the treads and staining the stairway soon) installed. Securing the iron balusters in place takes a little time and patience but well worth it!
What a difference the open staircase wall made in our basement.
To create a cohesive look, the stair treads are stained the same color (Cognac by Valspar) the hardwood floor throughout the house and the risers are painted Extra White color by Sherwin-Williams. The wall color is lullaby by Sherwin-Williams.
If your basement stairway has a traditional wall, consider carving out an opening so the stairway is not a dark path that leads to the basement. You will be amazed at what this small change will do for your basement stairway. I will be sharing how we stained the stair treads next week!
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