A spiral staircase is not only visually compelling but space-saving as well. The stairs were common in the medieval times, usually running in a clockwise direction. Ryan Korban, a designer from New York City, said that spiral staircase “adds fluidity and a sense of movement to a space.” And New York architect Kevin Lichten often advises his clients to place the staircase closer to the middle of the room for better visual effect.
Architects and aesthetics say that homeowners incorporate the staircase to save space, not for that high-style look.
On the other side, winding staircases can have vertigo effect on some people, especially kids. Also, the spiral stairs with open risers can increase the danger to children, pets and adults and since they are often steep, they can be harder to climb. A spiral staircase is probably not the best solution for old people and young children as these stairs can be challenging for those who have an issue with balance.
Those who have a spiral staircase in their home will often say that moving furniture up and down is hard and time-consuming. For all these reasons and issues, having a spiral staircase in your apartment is a question of taste and preference, maybe terrifying or just classy and stylish?
The Wall Street Journal, Inside Out
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija