The 4 Different Timber Choices from Planet Stairs

28 July 2022

If you are considering timber for your staircase at home, you must weigh your options very well. Exploring the pros and cons of every timber material helps you determine if it is an ideal choice for your staircase. If you have not chosen your option yet, we have listed the 4 different timber types from Planet Stairs for you to properly weigh your options.

Victorian Ash

Victorian Ask is characterised as being durable and resilient, making them ideal for staircase applications where higher foot traffic can be expected. When you are looking for timber material for your balustrade and staircase, Victorian Ash is the perfect material. It is best suited for indoor applications with light-coloured veneers. One laudable quality of Victorian Ash is it is easier to work not just by hand but also with machine tools. However, Victorian Ash costs higher than the other widely available timber types because of the Eucalyptus Regnans and Eucalyptus Delegatensis which produces smaller portions of light-coloured veneers.

Tasmanian Oak

Tasmanian Oak is a cheaper type of timber type. It is suitable for many home applications especially interior staircases and handrails. Tasmanian Oak is also a durable and flexible timber type. Tasmanian Oak is a mix of Eucalyptus Delegatensis, Eucalyptus Regnans, and Eucalyptus Obliqua which greatly contributes to the larger variety of colours of Tasmanian Oak. Also known as Tassie Oak, it is also a durable option and can effectively add a luxurious touch to your handrail and staircase because of its amazing texture and colour.

Spotted Gum

Spotted gum is a durable and tough option which makes them a popular choice for many homeowners. One major drawback of this type of timber is its susceptibility to cupping and mould but overall, its durability is exceptional. Spotted gum is fairly a versatile timber material used often in home applications like staircases and other indoor applications. Being one the most versatile timber types, spotted gum can be used for many purposes therefore many Australians love spotted gum. Spotted gum as a good and solid timber material will require regular maintenance like oiling and sealing to maintain its original beauty and lustre. One minor drawback for spotted gum, however, is it usually costs a bit higher.


Blackbutt is very hard-wearing and likewise a tough timber material choice for your staircase at home. Although their hardness rating is just 9.1 compared to other timber types sold by Planet Stairs which usually have a hardness rating of more than 10. Nonetheless, the Blackbutt timber type also guarantees durability with such an acceptable rating. Blackbutt is also popular because they are incredibly versatile and flexible and is used for both interior and exterior applications. So, if you are planning to transform your staircase at home using timber material, then Blackbutt timber material is the most suitable option for you. Another edge of a Blackbutt material is it is very low maintenance. Just regular sweeping and vacuuming are sufficient to keep them in good quality condition.

For all your timber staircase needs, contact us at Planet Stairs.

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