A staircase is an essential part of any multi-level home, not only serving a functional purpose but also providing a powerful design element to the overall interior design. When it comes to design and style, each staircase creates its own rhythm, pattern and graceful shape, from curves and lines to circles, so choosing the correct design for your home is a vital part of the design process.
The first step is to take the function of the staircase into consideration before deciding on the design. Whether the staircase is to be an entry stairway that will be highly visible and handle a lot of foot traffic, or an out-of-sight stairway leading to the basement and/or attic, the function of the staircase will determine its design and style.
Economical in cost and space usage, spiral stairways are a most common choice for pre-built staircase designs and are ideal for attics, basement rooms, and two-story additions. Available in a variety of materials, including steel, aluminium, hardwoods, and combinations of these, the design of a spiral staircase is basic, and treads, balusters and railings can then be customized to your needs.
Straight stairs are the most common design of staircase, with a simple up or down layout. Although straight flights of stairs are simple in design, many options are available customized to make a straight staircase functional or exclusive.