There are plenty of staircase styles out there, but it’s also important to note their advantages and disadvantages, as well as how each one will suit your home if architecturally possible. Some types of stairs are subtle and blend into your home, while others stand out and make a lasting impression on anyone that enters your home.

Stairways are usually in central locations, offering incredible style and inspiring the flow for the rest of the home. They help you navigate the home and tie together all aspects of the architecture and interior design. Usually, they are visible from multiple areas of the home and can make more impact in that way, making it all the more important to give them extra attention during your renovation.

Straight Stairs

Straight stairs take up the most surface area out of all the other designs and should be considered carefully when undergoing new construction. If you are renovating and already have an old straight staircase that needs updating, it’s an easy fix. They are the easiest to build and navigate, however, do not offer the level of privacy that other stair styles offer as you can see directly into the floor they lead to. Their minimalist look will look great for anyone wanting a simple home, as they can be built in the shape of floating stairs with minimal embellishments and supporting structures.

L-Shaped Stairs

L-shaped stairs provide a little more visual interest than straight ones, giving a privacy barrier that straight stairs simply do not offer. They are often built into the corner of the room against a wall where they take up minimal space. The landing area provides a place to pause and catch your breath, especially when carrying something heavy.

U-Shaped Stairs

U-shaped stairs can be built in the corner of the room or the middle, and provide a great layer of privacy. They are two flights of stairs that sit next to each other in parallel, offering a landing area to stop and rest. This landing area makes a sharp turn to the second parallel flight.

Winder Stairs

Winder stairs are similar to L-shaped stairs, but instead of a flat landing area, they have triangular or pie-shaped stairs. These types of stairs have pie-shaped transition steps that can be a little harder to navigate, especially for older visitors or children. Their advantage is that they are much more compact than other styles of stairs, and they gently wrap around and right up against a variety of wall shapes and bends.

Spiral Stairs

While spiral stairs create incredible visual impact, these types of stairs are very compact and don’t require additional support systems besides the core pole that the steps circulate around, they are much more complicated to navigate than other stairway styles. It is very difficult to carry heavy or large items up the stairs, only one person can descend or ascend on them at a time, and they have very finicky codes that must be followed. It’s important to check with your city what the codes are for having a spiral staircase in your home or establishment.

Curved Stairs

Curved stairs offer lasting visual impact and usually wrap around a large curved wall to make the most out of that area since they do tend to take up more space than other stair styles that are easily fitted into a corner. They are easier to navigate than spiral stairs.

Bifurcated Stairs

These stairs were the ones in Titanic, remember? This staircase has a large, central flight that splits off into two smaller flights of stairs which lead to the same floor but in different directions (usually). Great for mansions and grand homes, this is a staircase that must be at the centre of attention.

Are you ready to make your decision? If you want to learn more about how we work and discuss your stairway project, get in touch with Penometal Vancouver.