We're moving into a new (to us) home. The staircase has nice open risers on oak stairs. I've attached a couple photos to show how they currently are. However, we have a small dog and smaller cat, and the way they race around when excited, I'm pretty sure someone would go through the stairs and face a terrible fall. So we need to make sure this won't happen.
So I'm looking for ideas on how to do it. In a general sense, it would be nice for it not to be permanent, so that if we well the place in several years we could have the option of returning it to it's prettiest condition, which means not leaving holes everywhere.
Ideas I had include something clear like lexan. This option seems fairly expensive though, and I don't know if it would actually look nice or if it would be reflecty and smudgey and cheap looking. Another option is something like this particle board oak veneer riser (https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.o...000433305.html
) as long as I could stain it to be similar. Still haven't thought how best to attach it. A third option could be to somehow attach more metal bars, but I think it may not look great and little legs would still go through and cause hurt. At the same time, notice that the railing does not go down to the stairs. It would be nice if this was blocked too, though being at the side of the stairs, it's less likely that anyone will go through there.
Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks,