Even a quick Google search will show that some people do have concerns about children's safety on spiral and open staircases. 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.
Myth 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 Italy and their regulations allow a tread rise of up to 235mm but you can chose to keep...
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!
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.
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...
- Space Saver Staircases - can be used to access a single habitable room (plus an ensuite as long as it isn't the ...
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.
There's a Zen saying: "Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself."
... Then, when you've done that, go and build yourself a spiral staircase!
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:
- Use a magnetic spirit level. You'll see just how useful it is when you watch the Installation Video!
- 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.
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 TheStaircasePeople.co.uk
Flick through the Arke brochure online for the staircases from Fontanot in Italy .
Or take a look at the Ehleva brochure online, from Italian manufacturer Mobirolo.
These staircases are the beautiful, made to order, Genius staircases from Fontanot.
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.
Space saving staircases feature the paddle-shaped, or alternate, treads to reduce the overall space required for the staircase by almost half! They are especially helpful for space-limited projects such as loft access, sleeping platforms or reaching up to a mezzanine floor. The spacesaver staircase models are all strong and robust as well as being small and practical! We try to provide as much information on the staircases and the UK Regulations but please check with your local Building Control Department that your choice of spacesaver staircase satisfies their requirements.