If you live in a tiny apartment, one of the first things you should think about is where you can save room. One of the issues that frequently arises is the amount of room required by a standard staircase, as well as the amount of space lost beneath the steps in many homes. However, it does not have to be this way: you can make a difference by replacing your standard staircase with one of the numerous space-saving stairs now available on the market, some of which are quite affordable. But why does the standard stairwell seem to take up so much space?
There are several construction requirements that apply to various types of staircases, ranging from private residences to commercial premises; indoor stairways to outdoor stairways. Obviously, we’re talking about an interior staircase in a private residence in this post. The depth of each tread, the minimum size of each tread, and the most acceptable width for each tread are all part of the requirements. For a private residence, each tread should be 600mm wide, with a rise between each tread of 170 – 220mm. The main stair in a home should be at least 190mm broad, with a tread width of at least 800mm.
Some older homes, particularly those built at the end of the nineteenth century, have stairwells that are excessively steep and treads that are too thin for a comfortable footing, giving the sense of falling backwards as you approach the top. This is hardly a safe place for an old person or a little kid to climb. Contemporary staircases are unquestionably more appealing, but perhaps the emphasis on health and safety will persuade you to replace your old conventional staircase with a modern one?
One idea for conserving space on stairs is to keep the stair flight straight to reduce the amount of space they take up. This is, in general, correct. Steps with bends and landings that are superfluous as the stairs ascend squander a lot of space below and behind the stairs that you can’t do anything with. The spiral staircase, on the other hand, may seem fairly lovely, is simple to build, and takes up very little room. The impossibility to install handicapped stairlifts – or at least, I haven’t found one yet – detracts from this. When you need to move your furniture, such as when you’re moving house, it’s also more of a bother to transport it up and down the stairs.
You may choose to float your new staircase, use modern materials such as aluminium, or choose for an exquisite spiral staircase by choosing a manufacturer that specialises in building stairs for compact spaces, such as Mobirolo, an Italian company. For more than 50 years, Mobirolo has specialised in stair construction. Spiral designs and self-assembly kits, including their Fusion line, as well as Stilo, Venus, Optima, and others, are among their offerings. In truth, today’s options are rather diverse, and you don’t need to climb that wooden hill to bed unless you deliberately desire to do so.