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A wooden staircase can provide beauty, warmth and elegance to any home, whether you’re looking to replace worn-out stairs or planning a centrepiece to your new build.

The design of a wooden staircase need not be traditional. With its natural strength and versatility, timber lends itself to the most contemporary design. At the British Woodworking Federation we’ve always been right at the centre of promoting best practice in the industry for high quality, safe and compliant stairs. We operate the BWF Stair Scheme, covering domestic, common stairs and fire protected stairs.

The BWF Stair Scheme promotes the principle that stair safety depends on the quality of design, specification and installation. With stairs being the most common accident zone in the home other than the kitchen, quality and safety are the scheme’s guiding principles.  Accreditation means that every BWF Stair Scheme member’s design process (based on prescriptive standards, calculation and established test methodology) and manufacturing operation has been independently verified.

Stair Safety in Design

So why is stair safety so important? According to the British Standards Institution (BS 5395-1:2010), trips, slips and falls on the stairs cause 500 deaths in the UK each year. Added to this, 250,000 non-fatal accidents take place on staircases in the home each year that are serious enough to require a visit to an A&E department or a doctor. When combined, this is the same as an accident occurring every two minutes on a staircase within the home in the UK.

There are five vital design characteristics that homeowners need to evaluate before designing and installing a new staircase.

  • Consistent rise;
  • Constant going;
  • Guarding;
  • Handrails;
  • Surface finish.

Stair safety does not need to be a restricting factor on design creativity. In fact, by incorporating features of interest including handrails and guarding, unique staircase designs can be created to further enhance the focal point of any home.  The BWF Stair Scheme promotes best practice in stair design and has a wealth of information on its website, including a free design guide and a free installation guide to help you ensure that beauty and safety are carefully balanced.

About Us

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK. BWF members range from large joinery manufacturers who supply products such as wood windows, internal wooden doors, wooden entrance doors and wooden fire doors via builders’ merchants and, on a local level, joinery and woodworking businesses who provide a variety of made-to-measure home improvement services.

On a local level, BWF members provide a number of supply and fit services encompassing bespoke wooden staircases, replacement wooden windows and doors (entrance, internal and patio doors), interior furniture, garden furniture and conservatories. All BWF members have signed up to a rigorous set of standards of workmanship, company stewardship and environmental disciplines – known as the BWF Code of Conduct.

The BWF Code of Conduct

The BWF Code of Conduct shows commitment to best practice from members. It describes expected standards relating to quality of service, manufacture and sourcing, and sets out the principles of good practice for a woodworking or joinery business. This means that the BWF community is made up of people who share these values and means homeowners can be assured that they are working with a supplier who is committed to best practice in all areas of operations, including:

  • Customer care and complaints;
  • Technical expertise and training;
  • Environmental impact and waste;
  • Financial, insurance and contractual
  • Employment, education and legislation.

Build it Better With Wood

The BWF champions the use of wood in the home – it’s naturally beautiful, adds character and warmth and offers unique sustainable credentials with wood being the only natural, renewable mainstream building material. Using wood from sustainably managed forests actually reduces carbon dioxide emissions, as the carbon dioxide stored by the forest and in the timber product outweighs any carbon dioxide created during the production of the product.

The Products / Services offered by BWF Members

The following list is not exhaustive but provides a flavour of the types of products and services offered by BWF members across the UK for home renovations, extensions and self-build projects:

  • Wood Windows – Sliding Sash, Casement, Regency Mock Sash, Yorkshire Sash, Pivot and Tilt & Turn Windows;
  • Wooden Doors – Entrance Doors, French Patio Doors; Bi-folding Doors; Sliding Patio Doors; Internal Doors; Fire Doors;
  • Feature Wooden Staircases;
  • Interior Wooden Furniture – from bedrooms to kitchens;
  • Exterior Wooden Furniture;
  • Orangeries / Conservatories