A stairway is a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. Stairs may be straight, round, or may consist of two or more straight pieces connected at angles.
Special types of stairs include escalators and ladders. Some alternatives to stairs are elevators, stair lifts and inclined moving walkways as well as stationary inclined sidewalk.
Stairs may be in a straight run, leading from one floor to another without a turn or change in direction. Stairs may change direction, commonly by two straight flights. Stairs may also return onto themselves forming a vertical stairway commonly used in multistory and high rise buildings. Many variations of geometrical stairs may be formed of circular, elliptical and irregular constructions.
What are they made of?
Staircases can now be made from a wide range of materials. The most common is timber set of stairs which can be made out of different woods.Another very popular type of material for staircases is a mixture of steel stairs and supports and glass panels. These create a really modern look along with creating a sense of space.
Probably the most well-known staircase type is a straight style. These are usually in a single set or are set at an L shape, with one flight leading from the next. Most homes will have stairs like this as standard as they are very easy to install.
Spiral staircases are great if you are short on space. They are good for putting in the corner of the room as they rise straight up. In addition to this a spiral staircase will only need a small amount of floor space and will not cut across the room.
Freestanding stairs will not be attached to a wall and will tend to run through the middle of a room. Often the actual stairs will look as though they are almost floating hence giving it a really unique look.
Single open-under stairs are similar to freestanding stairs, but they are attached to one wall. This means they only have one side that looks ‘open’ and many people prefer this style. Not only do these types of stairs look good they also create the impression of more space, so they can work well in small houses.
With so many different types of staircases it can be hard to make a decision on what you would like. However, it makes sense to think about the practicalities that the types of staircases offer before making a choice. Do this and the ideal staircase for your home will become clear.
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