How Do You Measure Up?

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Our Imperial system of measurement - feet and inches, pounds and ounces, was officially used in the UK from 1824 and it stayed in the British psyche right through to 1965 when the Metric system was adopted. Even now, however, many people of the older generation still think automatically in feet and inches when they calculate or try to picture sizes or distances. To be honest, we still have a mishmash of measuring systems swirling around; you'll frequently hear a conversation which includes dimensions in metres and inches - all in one breath! And we're not just talking about the mature section of the community here!
The dimensions on our website are shown as Metric but we do try to include Imperial equivalents in the additional information sectsions. However, if you are in the process of measuring for your project to see how best to fit one of our staircases in, don't worry too much about trying to do any complex calculations from Imperial to Metric. Just use this handy Converter ...
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Let’s dispel those myths for you!

Even a quick Google search will show that there is a myriad of reactions from people when they think about spiral staircases, from total drooling adoration to concerns about children tripping up - or falling down! However, if you read many of the responses on the various blog posts you'll probably end up completely confused at best and downright scared at worst! Let's help to clear up the concerns for you.  
Klan Spiral Kit from Number 1 Spiral staircases are too steep for children to use safely? In a word "no", so long as the staircase has complied with the UK Building Regulations - and this applies to all staircases, not just spirals. For a spiral staircase, the key measurement is the distance between each tread - called the tread rise, and this should be between 150mm and 220mm for a staircase in a home. In practice, most stairs have a tread rise between 190mm and 220mm, which is a comfortable tread rise for most people and children. Many of the staircases on our website are manufactured in...
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We’re listening …

These customer reviews definitely warm the old cockles! We love to have feedback from customers and always look at this as an opportunity to know where we can improve our service or to reassure when we're getting it right! Recent reviews:
1) "Very impressed by the quality and customer support. Thank you"
And thank you Mr. P.O.!  
2) "Just letting you know that Andy has installed the staircase and it looks fantastic, thanks for all your help and advice on helping me purchasing it, I will definitely recommend both your company and Andy to anyone who is in considering a spiral staircase."
Thank you from the team here, Mr. T.! Your Genius T030 spiral staircase really does look great. It must be one of Cleveland's finest!
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Clear as mud?

Building Regulations Overload
We are often asked to explain the differences between the types of staircases (spiral, spacesaver, linear or winder stairs) and how the UK Building Regulations are involved. Questions like "can I use a spiral as my main staircase?" or "will a spacesaver staircase be ok to go up to my loft bedrooms?" feature strongly in the list - and these questions are asked by DIYers, builders AND architects. At one time, you could rely on the knowledge from your local Building Control Officers but nowadays they need to have an overview of an unprecedented amount of technical information and regulation details, which are constantly being updated and many have lost or never been able to acquire the specific details of one small section of one of the many Building Regulations. So, we are always happy to strip it all down to the basics for you. Grab yourself a coffee and read on...
  1. Space Saver Staircases - can be used to access a single habitable room (plus an ensuite as long as it isn't the ...
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How about underfloor heating?

We're planning on having underfloor heating/floating floor. How should we deal with this?

You will probably already have realised that you can't install the staircase directly over the top of underfloor heating and will need to leave the heating pipes/elements clear of the staircase area. Apart from the base fixing plate, many of the staircases also require a fixing point for the leading baluster spindle on the first tread, or for the support post below the linear/open staircases. Try to decide on the position of the staircase well before the heating is installed to make sure that you leave this area clear of pipework so that the fixing point is ready for the staircase fixings.
Our Top Tip:
If you have a floating floor, it would be best to build a concrete pad to support the fixing point for the base plate of the staircase.
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What tools will I need?

What tools will I need?

You'll find a list of all the tools needed in the Installation Instructions for your staircase. It's a fairly simple list: drill and bits (sizes are given), soft mallet, tape measure, spirit level, screwdriver, spanners, allen keys, hacksaw, plumb line.  
[Click on the image to open up a full size typical example page.]    
Our Two Top Tips:
  1. Use a magnetic spirit level. You'll see just how useful it is when you watch the Installation Video!
  2. If you're installing one of our modular staircases, it will help if you prepare some pieces of timber to use as supports if you don't have the adjustable props used in the Installation Videos.

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Spring has Sprung!

Eureka Indoor Outdoor Spiral Staircase in White2
I know it doesn't yet feel like it, but (whoopee do) we are now in... Spring! So it's a good time to start thinking about your garden and how you might want to use it when the warmer weather arrives. Perhaps you could add a spiral staircase to reach a balcony or maybe convert a flat roof into a beautiful roof terrace where you can drift down a stunning exterior spiral stair. Look at the outdoor staircases on for inspiration.
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Kompact Modular Staircase U format in Grey Steel and Dark Beech Treads from The Staircase People
We can offer you practical solutions to changing your existing staircase or installing a new staircase, perhaps to a loft room. The spiral staircases come in a range of sizes to suit most projects - but please check with your local Building Control Department to make sure that they are happy with your choice before you commit. The modular staircases offer greater adaptability by providing a huge range of configurations and layouts to suit a wide variety of projects. For loft access or sleeping platforms, the spacesaver staircase ranges can solve some of the most pressing space problems - neat and practical.
 Nova500 Venus Space Saver Stair Kit Balustrade Detail from Oak90 L Shape Modular Stair Kit from

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... or check out our stunning Made To Order Staircases.  They can be practical too!

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