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Types of stairs: which is right for you?

02 February 2017

Picking a staircase can be a tricky business, particularly if you’re building from scratch or trying to provide access in a constricted space. With so many options available, you’ll want to take some time to consider which staircase will best meet your needs, and work with the available space. For instance, if you have a large open space then you may want to select a decorative staircase which makes a grand statement. Alternatively, if you’re building a home for life then practicality may be the main priority.

We manufacture our staircases bespoke to each customer’s requirements. This means virtually any element you can see on a staircase – from the tread width, to the spindle design – can be tailored to you. Before we can get into these specific details, however, we first need to agree which type of staircase is right for you and your building:

metal exterior staircase

Straight Staircases

Straight and true, these staircases are what many people will think of when you mention stairs, both indoors and out. If you’re refurbishing a home, then it’s more than likely that the existing staircase will be straight. As hall spaces are often designed around the linear proportions of these stairs, it’s usually simplest to replace like for like.

Whilst straight stairs may not add as much dramatic flair as the more decorative spiral or helical options, they are somewhat easier to navigate when carrying heavy or cumbersome items to another level. And, with our range of fixtures and materials, we can still offer plenty of ‘wow factor’.

They may also be a good choice if you have young family members, as they are easier for children to climb. Just make sure to install proper safety measures on stairs if you have toddlers or other young children around (no matter what type of stairs you have).


Spiral Staircases

Spiral stairs offer several advantages over a straight stair. With their winding form, spiral staircases can instantly add character to any space. This can be a real advantage if you are trying to sell your home or let an office. We can customise everything from the colour, to the tread design and the materials, creating a one-of-a-kind focal point for the building. If you like the compact form, but would prefer a more angular shape, then we also offer square spiral staircases which can be fitted tightly to walls

Beyond their arresting design, the other obvious advantage of a spiral staircase is space saving. Unlike the long footprint of a straight staircase, the base of a spiral staircase is remarkably compact. This makes them an ideal choice for situations where available space is thin on the ground – like loft conversions. If you are trying to fit more furniture for entertainment, lettable space for your office or living space in your home, a spiral staircase is the way to go.

combination staircase

Kited & Combination Staircases

These staircases are all about angles, more specifically a 90 degree turn near the base of the staircase. The subtle difference between the two options is that on the combination staircase, this turn is achieved with spiral treads, whilst on a kited staircase this turn is created with flat edge patterns following the wall line.

The turn not only adds some glamour to the staircases, it can also provide a solution to restrictions on certain properties. As the length of the staircase is reduced in comparison to a straight staircase, they can be used to provide access to an upper room with a sloped ceiling.

Externally, they are also a common feature of older properties in areas such as London and Bath, providing access to a cellar via a front lightwell. We are frequently asked to design and manufacture staircases which match these period stylings, ensuring the design will meet with any conservation area restrictions.

helical staircase

Helical Staircases

If you really want to make a statement in a grand space then helical staircases are the answer. Unlike spiral stairs, these staircases do not have a central column. As a result, they can either be designed to screw tightly around a relatively small radius, or sweep out grandly across a room.

The graceful form and relatively large footprint of these staircases make them a popular choice for customers looking to add further class to a large, luxurious space such as a penthouse apartment or commercial lobby area.

We can design and build helical staircases to any curve you desire and manufacture them from the finest hardwoods. They truly are the height of luxury.

Ask the experts

There’s plenty of information about all of the different types of staircases on our website along with detailed information about the building regulations and frequently asked questions. If you’re unsure which staircase is right for you, please do get in touch. Our friendly staff are always happy to answer queries via phone on 01663 750716 or email at Alternatively, you can stop by at our showroom in Chapel-en-le-Frith which is open from 8am until 4pm on weekdays, or at evenings and weekends by appointment. There we will be able to walk you through all of the available options, discuss your requirements and help you find the perfect fit for your building.

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