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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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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