How to Choose Stairs?

Often stairs are compared to ordinary furniture and people want to make a quick decision on their purchase. However, such an approach can be costly!

This will be our quick guide so you can be absolutely sure that you are ordering exactly what you need.

  1. It is important to contact the stair manufacturer already at the design stage of the house. At this stage, the master will be able to give you valuable suggestions.
  2. Promptly select the staircase design. Whether they are straight, spiral or combined stairs.
  3. Knowledge of stair terms. Knowing the terms of the stairs you will quickly understand what is available and what the seller offers A guide to the terms of the stairs here.
  4. If you have not approached at the design stage of the house, then you should consider the following: available space is the most important thing when choosing a staircase. This is the most important factor that will probably significantly limit you in choosing a staircase.
  5. Stairs must be comfortable. The most comfortable stairs are straight stairs.
  6. One of the very important points that deserves extra attention is the safety of the stairs. This means that there must be a certain width and height of the stairs. The method of installing the first and last step is important, as these are the most dangerous stages of construction. For child safety, the recommended distance between the balusters should not exceed 110 – 120 mm.
  7. Stairs will definitely need railings. The height of the handrail should not be less than 85 cm. The recommended step depth is 25 to 30 cm.
  8. The next important thing is the lifting capacity of the staircase. This means that the stairs must meet certain loads. For public buildings it is not less than 400 kg per 1 square meter, but for residential premises this parameter is 300 kg per 1 square meter.
  9. Steps must have a non-slip surface and no slope.
  10. First, the stairs are carefully attached to the second floor or to the platform between the floors. Railings must be installed on the second floor. Reliable fasteners are required for this purpose. In the end, the stairs must be safe and the railings must be firm and secure.
  11. The lift angle of the stairs is recommended to be no more than 45 degrees, the recommended is 35-40 degrees. A stair width of at least 80 cm is recommended, preferably 90 to 120 cm.
  12. Recommended minimum ceiling opening between floors for straight stairs: 100 to 250 cm. For spiral staircases with a central support, the minimum opening diameter is 170 cm, but for U-shaped stairs 210 – 250 cm.
  13. Stairs are always adapted to a specific house and its features. The recommended step height is from 15 to 19 cm. The recommended height of the railing is from 90 to 95 cm.

We hope that our recommendations will help you choose the most suitable stairs for your home!