Whether you have a small home or an open concept floorplan, you may be looking for a way to reclaim some floor space. One simple way to maximize your square footage—and enhance its style—is by adding a spiral staircase.
Benefits of a Spiral Staircase
Since spiral stairs are compact, they take up less room than the traditional staircase, and they don’t waste space underneath. They also tend to be cheaper and easier to assemble than traditional staircases. Keep in mind that the more gradual the climb, the more space the stairs will take up. A truly compact staircase will require steeper steps.
Prepare for Installation
To get started, gather your measurements. If you’re installing circular stairs in an opening in the floor, simply measure from the ground to the top of the opening. Spiral staircase kits come with all the parts and instructions needed to DIY this project. Check out this video to learn how to install a rail-to-rail connection.
Select the Right Kit
Most interior spiral staircase kits fit standard size spaces and are easy to assemble. You can even find additional risers to increase the height as well as other spare parts like wooden stair treads and fluted edging. If you’re installing outside, a metal spiral staircase can be a stylish exterior exit from a building that won’t take up too much space. Inside or out, your staircase can turn either clockwise or counterclockwise.
Be sure to check your local building codes before purchasing your winding staircase, and ask for any specific guidelines you must follow in your area.