First-time renovators and home builders should know this: making design decisions is complicated and often confusing. It is true when it comes to designing your staircase. A great designer will help you decide on the ideal staircase design for your home and will specify the model onto the planning drawings. Today, let’s discuss the different types of stairs according to shape. We also included a few photos so you can show your favourite to your designer.
1. Straight staircase
Straight staircases feature a single linear flight for going up and down, transferring from one floor to another.
In this apartment, the designers created straight stairs with custom storage. The steps have a polished timber finish. Take a look:
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2. L-shaped staircase
The L-shaped staircase features a quarter turn; 90℃ going left or right after the landing. Here are stairs with timber treads:
3. Winder staircase
A winder staircase is slightly more complicated than an L-shaped and a straight staircase. It features a set of winders or treads at the bottom that are wider than the others — this takes the place of the landing to save space.
Here are two winder staircases, one is timber, and one is glass.
4. U-shaped staircase
A U-shaped staircase is one of the most popular types of stairs, perfect for people who adore the basics. Here is a timber staircase with a full U-shape. Similar to the L-shaped staircase, a landing separates the two parallel flights. Here’s a U-shaped staircase made from metal, timber, and glass. Staircase design like this is trendy in modern minimalist homes and villas.
5. Spiral staircase
A spiral staircase is compact and space-saving. It is round and sexy when you look at it from above.
While a spiral staircase is tempting to build, always take note that the narrow and wedge-shaped treads are not the easiest to traverse. It might not be ideal for people living with toddlers and senior family members. (Clumsy movements might lead to accidents too.)
6. Curved staircase
7. Bifurcated staircases
It is the grandest of all staircases — the bifurcated stairs feature one sweeping set of steps that splits off into two smaller flights going in opposite directions.
Remember the iconic Titanic staircase? Here’s a staircase inspired by that movie, but the designer opted to use glass and steel for a more modern feel.
Owners of tiny homes and cabins often use ladders to save precious square footage. Here, the occupant climbs a ladder to access the loft area.
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