Curved Stairs

Different Types of Stairs Commonly Designed for Buildings

When it comes to designing stairs for a building or home, there are several types of stairs to choose from; each design has its advantages and disadvantages, and it is essential to consider the structure of the building before deciding the type of staircase.

The following are some of the types of stairs which are designed for buildings:

Quarter turn stairs

Straight Stairs:

The straight stairs have no change in direction; they connect two successive floors in a straight run. The straight stairs can be of many types, some of them are Straight run with a single flight between floors, Parallel stairs, straight run with a series of flight without a change in direction, Scissors stairs and Angle stairs.

Advantages of Straight stairs:

• These are one of the easiest stairs to go up and down between floors as you do not have to make any turns.
• Straight stairs are also one of the simplest types to construct.
• You do not need to have an intermediate supporting structure. The stairs need to be connected only at the top and bottom.

Disadvantages of Straight Stairs:

• The stairs use a large part of your linear space, so you need to plan your design.
• No Privacy is offered.

Quarter turn stairs:

The Quarter turn stairs are also known as the L-shaped stairs. It has a bend which is usually 90 degrees, and they are constructed when the direction of the flight has to be changed.

Advantages of Quarter turn stairs:

• A barrier is provided, so it maintains the privacy of floors.
• It is a bit safer than the straight stairs as there is a central landing and it reduces the height and number of treads a person could fall if they trip down the stairs.

Disadvantages of Quarter turn stairs:

• The construction of the quarter turn stairs is quite hard.
• Handrails are to be constructed with much planning and care.

Spiral Stairs:

The treads in spiral stairs radiate around a centre pole. The flight of the stairs resembles a circle, and the footsteps are wedge-shaped.

Advantages of Spiral Stairs:

• Extremely compact and thus can save a lot of space.
• As there are many railing styles, the stairs can be made very attractive.

Disadvantages of Spiral Stairs:

• Navigation in spiral stairs is challenging. You cannot use it as a primary access to go between floors at home.
• Only one person can go up and down the stairs at a time.

Curved Stairs:

Curved stairs are very elegant, and they are perfect for home or business buildings.

Advantages of Curved Stairs:

• The design is elegant and can be adapted to contemporary designs.
• You can quickly climb up and down the curved stairs.

Disadvantages of Curved Stairs:

• The construction of the stairs is tough, and it takes skill and practice for a person to build the curved stairs. Thus, the creation of this type of stairs is more expensive.