Attic staircases don’t have to be simple, utilitarian designs. They can become so much more if you have a mind to make yours useful and memorable during your loft conversion. Here are a few stairway designs for your attic that may make it stand out and give you the opportunity to be creative in your own home.
Most people will just opt for the simple and straightforward design of the attic stairway, letting it stretch from the attic to the floor at an inclined angle. But with a spiral design, you not only take up less horizontal space, you also create a pleasing design that adds some flair to your home.
The spiral design works best with a metal framework, and is not conducive to wooden building materials. But the stairway can still be painted with natural wood colours to match the rest of your house if the design so dictates.
Half Landing or Quarter Landing
Giving your staircase a landing not only gives you some extra space on the staircase to add some artistic flair, but it also breaks up the monotony of a straight staircase and makes it more appealing to the eyes. The landing can be placed halfway down the staircase or right near the bottom, depending on what you think will look best. And at the landing, the stair should face in a different direction.
That usually means this type of staircase works best in a corner, as the landing can occur where the stairs meet the wall. But it can really work anywhere, with or without a corner present. And on the landing, if the space is large enough, you can place a small table, set up some floral arrangements or even erect a display of photographs.
Perhaps you are trying to save some space with your stairway. If you are looking at placing your staircase in a restricted space, then you will need to go with a more space-conscious design. The compact stairs are designed just for these types of situations. The angle to which they stretch to the floor is more severe than the average staircase.
That makes them difficult to climb and slightly more treacherous for feeble or impaired people to walk up, but they are definitely a space saver. If the stairs are meant to connect to an attic that is used more for storage then a room that is regularly visited, then these stairs are a perfect way to cut back on the amount of space that your staircase is using.
Make the Most of Your Stairs
Not all types of staircase design ideas just have to do with the shape of the stairs. You can actually modify your staircase area to make it more useful to you. If you have some limited space to work with, then you can have drawers or shelves carved into the base of the staircase. You don’t want these to extend all the way up, as they will quickly be too high for you to easily reach all of them.
Alternatively, you can have shelves built into the wall along the staircase. This can be a bit trickier to pull off, but if you can work these shelves in, they can stretch the entirety of the staircase, giving you lots of additional storage space.