Designing a Staircase

One of the most difficult projects when it comes to designing your home is probably designing the staircase, most especially if you choose to use steel as its main material. First and foremost, you need to use a modeling program that would take things in perspective; it is recommended to use a 3D modeling type to give a more realistic image of your plans. However, whatever it is that you decide in, you must let an engineer or architect to review your plans to ensure that you are in accordance with the safety codes in your area.

Designing a Staircase

Steps on How to Design a Steel Staircase

  • Firstly, you need to take your needs into consideration. If you are residing in a studio-type home or a small loft, a staircase that has multiple uses, such as a shelf or a dresser, is recommended. But if you want something that is a decorative in nature, steel spiral staircases should be considered. It is important to note that these stairs may have specific requirements in some states; in fact, in some areas, stairs like these are not allowed. Thus, you should check the building codes in your area. Steel stairs are ideal in areas with heavy traffic; however, it should be well-textured to prevent people from slipping.
  • Determine the measurement of your space. To put it simply, measure the opening to the next floor; the distance of the ceiling and the floor; as well as the measurement of available space that surrounds the stairs. Note that some stair design may take up a large amount of space to ensure that the people can use them comfortably. It is also important that you determine the measurements according to how you will set up your stairs.
  • Look for images of beautiful stair; do not just settle with the traditional steel steps. Search for general stair design images or other things that you think looks good on your home.
  • Determine the measurement and distance from one step to another; make sure that it is comfortable for you to step in. This measurement typically varies according to your age, weight, as well as your height. One way to do this is to use a measuring tape that would measure the steps that you are comfortable with as you go on with your normal day. Or, you may also measure the steps that you aren’t comfortable with in case your acceptable measurements are not feasible; by doing so, you can determine how much window of space you have before you feel uncomfortable.
  • Determine the measurement of the depth of steps. Measuring the depth of the steps will provide you enough space in the event that you accidentally slip; as this extra space will aid you in catching yourself.
  • Design your stairs with textural elements like bumps, slots, or ridges with the edge of the steps. Steel staircases have the tendency to be slippery when it becomes wet. These elements enable you to slow down your movements and reduce the chances of you slipping out.
  • The drafts of your designs should be presented to an engineer or architect to ensure that the materials used and the design is feasible and safe.
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