Choosing Staircase Timber

When it comes to a staircase, whether it’s a new build project or stair refurbishment, a lot of questions arises. Which staircase design would suit our home interior, should we go for traditional Achillcontemporary chamfered Boyne or just go for today’s trend – modern Urbana glass staircase? While these questions are first to come to your mind, second most important one is which staircase timber should we choose? There is no one answer to this question. It depends on your home interior design, colour and of course – your budget. We have listed our six stocked timbers for your consideration.

White Oak:

White Oak is very popular premium hardwood timber for joinery, furniture and kitchens. It’s medium-high density, strength, durability and light-brown colour entails quality & luxury and will stand test of time. Although it’s an expensive timber, it has been primary choice for many years. We use European Oak to manufacture stair parts like newel posts, newel bases and spindles. American White Oak is mainly used for handrails, base rails, strings, steps & risers.


Pine (Red Deal):

Imported from Sweden and Finland, pine is a popular choice for stair parts not only because it costs less compared to other timber stair parts, but it also can last as long as hardwood if treated with preservatives. Being in light-beige to yellow colour, it also can be painted to create contemporary, interior matching look. We stock huge variety of pine stair parts in traditional, contemporary & modern staircase designs.



Walnut is a premium hardwood imported from USA. Mainly used in internal joinery and furniture, it comes in rich dark-brown to purplish-black colours and is hard, tough and strong timber. Adding straight grain and fine even texture to it’s properties, walnut is the ultimate luxury when it comes to staircases.
At George Quinn, we provide wide range of walnut stair parts – spindles, newel posts, handrails, stair cladding and others.



Mahogany is a premium hardwood mainly used for interior carpentry and furniture. This durable and straight grain, rich reddish-brown colour timber is ideal choice for traditional and contemporary interior design. Being luxurious timber, it’s also not too expensive.
Mahogany spindles, newel posts and handrails is just a small part of our Mahogany stair parts variety.



Ash is a similar, lighter version of Oak and it can offer similar structure, pattern and colour. Imported from USA and Croatia, it can vary from mellow light to light brown with shade of olive. This solid and smooth timber can be stained and polished to a very good finish.
At George Quinn, we stock big variety of ash stair partsnewel post bases, base rails, spindles and others.


Paint Grade Linden (Limewood):

Paint Grade Linden is European hardwood timber imported from Croatia with little or no knots and machines very well. Very straight and tight grain lends itself to the perfect timber for painting to create a high quality finish.
Check out these paint grade stair partsspindles, newel posts, newel caps and newel bases.

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