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Old 02-07-2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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I have a straight set of regular stairs that lead up to our attic bedroom. The stairs come up right in the middle of the room and are open on both sides - no half walls or railings. I am wondering if a low wall on both sides will make the room look too small. Would it be better to go with an open railing? Need some input. Thanks.

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I have a straight set of regular stairs that lead up to our attic bedroom. The stairs come up right in the middle of the room and are open on both sides - no half walls or railings. I am wondering if a low wall on both sides will make the room look too small. Would it be better to go with an open railing? Need some input. Thanks.
Mock up a 36" wall and see what it looks like, then decide.
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I would be going for railing to keep the openness of the room, it will look bigger since the stair arrives in the middle of the room

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I don't mind walls if there is room to do something like bookcases or display cabinets on the sides, but if space only allows standard wall thickness, I prefer to use an open railing. Also depends a lot on the size and height of the space, as the walls will cause a visual block, and may overpower a small space.
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I don't mind walls if there is room to do something like bookcases or display cabinets on the sides, but if space only allows standard wall thickness.
I just did this with my home,I opted for a 36" wall with bookcases.
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In order to save space and give you a nicer look----If you want a book case wall--you won't need any 2x4 framing or drywall---Just the cabinet work---Mike---

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