There are different types of stairs, the narrow passage linking two levels of a house with ascending or descending series of steps. A choice from the various types of staircases depends on not only their functionality but the aesthetics as well. Among the aspects to factor in when making your choice include the size of the room, location and the purpose the stairs are supposed to serve. The stairs are made of different materials among them; Metal, Concrete, wood and Glass.
Types of Stairs: Straight
This is the most basic of all stairs. The straight stair case is however the most ideal for those with limited space and comes in Straight, L and T types. The straight type as the name suggests runs straight from the beginning to the end thus ensuring simplicity yet unrivalled refinement. The L type runs from the beginning to a landing before turning right or left while the T type branches to both right and left after the landing.
Types of Stairs: Spiral
Spiral stairs are among recommended for a spacious room. With the steps built round an axis, enough space from the axis to the outer railing is required especially when moving bulky stuff. The stairs are never the less an architectural masterpiece.
Types of Stairs: Freestanding
If your desire is to break the monotony of an ordinary room, the free standing stairs is your best option. The free standing staircase appears to just float in the air as it is not attached to the wall and avails passage under it. Indeed, the staircase creates the impression of an extra ordinary mix of fittings for visual appeal its functionality not withstanding.
Elliptical and Circular Stairs
Care for a royal feel and a touch of sophistication? Well, this is the way to go. Elliptical stairs are stairs that runs along a curved wall and a long stretch. At the bottom of the stair case, the steps are short in length and get longer with each step as you go up. At the middle of the stair case, the steps start decreasing in length with the last step at the top the size of the first at the bottom. This obviously translates in the need for generous space; a resource certainly not in short supply to those who appreciate such luxuries and architectural finesse. Circular stairs, as opposed to elliptical, are always mostly used externally. The stairs are built round a structure such as a lighthouse. Unlike internal stairs that seek to encompass both beauty and functionality, the primary requirement of a circular stair case is plain functionality. This does not, however justify unsightly and drab structures.
Besides the functionality of the stairs that you choose, there are other considerations you must not ignore. Indoor stair cases are without doubt as important as any other fixtures in your house and the input of a competent interior designer is strongly recommended. Stair cases to areas like basement stores need not be overly exotic but must serve the purpose. The choice of the ideal types of stairs is therefore determined to a large extent by the space, the need and the owner’s tastes