Wooden staircases. Comfort and safety

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Wooden staircases. Comfort and safety
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Stairs are one of the most important elements of the house. They must be aesthetically pleasing, but it’s good that they are also safe and functional. Today we present the advantages of interval wooden stairs.

Interval stairs – what kind of stairs?

This type of stairs is definitely the most popular, they are usually used in single family houses. Intervention stairs are characterized by the fact that when changing the direction of ascent and on a curve they have steps which are trapezoidal or triangular in shape. Intervention stairs are usually shaped like a “U” letter.

Intervention stairs are also called single flight stairs – that is, stairs that have a simple construction. The turn takes place at the bottom, and at the point of this turn, the staircase has wedge steps – which are the previously mentioned trapezoidal or triangular shaped steps.

Advantages of the staircase

The most repeated advantage of this type of stairs is space saving – they usually take up about 4.5 m², and are shorter than straight flight stairs. So they are an ideal solution for small and low rooms.

Another advantage is that the stairs have a so called landing – a wider step more or less in the middle of the stairs. The landing is usually trapezoidal or triangular in shape and, as its name suggests, is used to rest when climbing the stairs. Admittedly, this variant of intervention stairs takes a bit more space, but the comfort of use compensates it.

What material to choose for interval stairs?

Definitely the most popular are wooden stairs. Wood is a timeless, classic material which will give every interior a warm, cozy character, that’s why it’s recommended to choose this material for intervention stairs to single family houses.

However, if you prefer a more industrial look of rooms, you should definitely be interested in concrete stairs. For fans of minimalism there is also a solution – metal stairs are extremely light and perfectly fit into a minimalist interior design. There is something for everyone!

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What to keep in mind when designing a staircase?

However, it’s worth entrusting this task to someone who really knows how to design interval stairs. Comfortable and safe stairs should have adequate step height – it shouldn’t exceed 18 cm. The width of the stair treads is also important – after all, you need to be able to put your foot down steadily and safely! That’s why it is recommended that the width of steps should be between 25 and 32 cm

Comfort and safety of use will also be ensured by the depth of the steps, about 30 cm. Sometimes two people will have to pass each other on the stairs, so it’s also worth taking care of the right width of the stairs – the safe one, that is the one that will provide comfort while avoiding each other on the stairs, is 110 cm. You also need to keep in mind that stairs placed under a sloping ceiling should be at least 250 cm away from it.

Intercalated stairs in a big house?

Unfortunately this type of stairs is rather not recommended in homes where there is more space to use – then the best are double stairs. In small houses with one storey stairs will pass the test of functionality and safety on five plus. They will not take up much space, so you will have the opportunity to arrange a larger room or bathroom.

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