If you are in the process of building a new home or are planning on renovating your current one, you may find yourself wondering how to choose the right staircase. You may not even realise, but the staircase in your home is one of the most vital fixtures in the house; it connects your floors and helps people to get to other areas of the home, especially upper levels. Besides the functional purpose of a staircase, it also adds a powerful design element to the home and can act as an attractive focal point in any property.
When choosing the best staircase for your home, it is important that you consider both practicality and style. While you may have dreams of a beautiful wooden staircase spiralling down through your home, it is essential that the staircase you choose meets your practical needs. Of course, the size and shape of your property will determine the type of stairs that you can accommodate, however, when it comes to style, storage and material, there is much to consider. Read on to find out how to choose the perfect bespoke staircase for your home.
There are a range of different staircase styles you can choose from for your home; below we take a look at a few of these.
Straight. The straight staircase is simple and classic; they are the easiest of all designs to go up and down. A straight staircase is also very easy to build, depending on the level of detail in the design, and is often recommended for narrow homes as it can create the illusion of space.
L shaped. In some properties, there may need to be a 90-degree turn in a staircase to accommodate a turn in the stairs, which is where L shaped stairs come in. They can be located in a corner of a room. L shaped stairs create a visual barrier between floors, adding some privacy to each floor.
U shaped. U shaped stairs are ideal for larger houses that have several flights of stairs leading to different floors. They are easy to fit into an architectural plan; flights of steps run parallel to each other with flat landings in between to change the users’ direction by 180 degrees.
Spiral. A spiral staircase is a great space-saving solution for homes and can add visual interest to the design of your home. Often used as a secondary staircase, the spiral staircase is more difficult to use than other styles.
Now that you are familiar with some of the staircase styles available, it’s time to look at how much space you are actually working with. When choosing the perfect staircase for your home, how much space is available is one of the most important considerations to make. In fact, the space you have available will determine many of the choices that you are able to make.
Look at the space in your home or, if you are building a new house, take a look at the floor plans. If your house is narrow or small, you may want to consider a staircase that does not eat into too much space, or one that opens up the space you have available, such as a straight staircase. If you have a larger space to work with, you can opt for a larger and more decorative staircase to truly make a statement.
Typically, stairs are used every day in the home, which is why it is extremely important that you and your family feel safe when using them. While intricate designs and open stairs can look beautiful in your property, it is important to make sure that they are practical and safe – particularly if elderly people will be using them. Make sure that you consider who exactly is going to be using the staircase (for example, small children or elderly people) and which available options are most safe for them.
If elderly people and small children are going to be using the staircase, it is important that you install suitable handrails and avoid slippery surfaces to prevent any slips or falls from happening. Generally, stairs that have a landing, such as L shaped or U shaped staircases, are considered to be the safest as there are fewer steps to fall down. Building regulations ensure that there are no gaps on a staircase more than 100mm so that children are unable to climb through the balusters.
There are many different materials that can be used to make stairs, all of which will have an impact on how they look and feel in your home. From standard timber to glossy marble, the options are almost endless. The most commonly used material for stairs is wood. Wooden staircases help to create a traditional feel in a home and often work well in older properties.
Today, however, designers are branching out and, as the style and design of homes become more contemporary, different materials are being used to create unique and attractive staircases to suit a whole range of different interiors.
Stone is a versatile material used to make staircases. Stone offers texture and colour in variety. In certain homes and designs, stone can create a traditional staircase; think granite in rustic countryside homes and old, beautiful buildings. In other settings, however, stone can add a contemporary feel and is used to bring an element of elegance to the home. Simply think of a modern home with a glossy marble staircase.
Other materials used to make stairs include steel and concrete, both of which are robust and strong. Glass is also incorporated into balustrades more and more to add a modern touch to staircases. When choosing the type of material for your staircase, you should consider the style and design of the rest of your home.
Your staircase is also a fantastic opportunity to create some extra storage space in your home – something that is important to consider when choosing the best staircase for your property. While many people use the space under their stairs as an area to store coats, shoes and other outdoor gear, there are lots of other creative ways to utilise your staircase for extra storage. Why not create a mini library and install some bookshelves underneath the stairs? Sliding drawers below is a great way to keep your home decluttered, whereas installing wine racks underneath the stairs is a great way to create space when you don’t have a wine cellar. There are lots of different ways to get creative with staircase storage and the options are pretty much endless!
Here at Wrights of Campden, we make stunning custom-designed stone staircases made to order in Moreton-in-Marsh. We use only the finest quality natural stone for our handcrafted limestone staircases, which are all available in a wide range of designs and finishes to suit every home. At Wrights of Campden, we believe that stone is the perfect blend of elegance and simplicity.
If you are looking for a stunning bespoke stone staircase for your home, look no further than us. With over four decades of experience in creating exquisite stoneworks creations, you can rely on us to truly deliver the wow factor when it comes to your staircase.