Reimagine your stairs


Reimagine your stairs

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A striking staircase design is the focal point of your walkthrough and should blend seamlessly with the rest of your interior. Not only should the design impact and complement your interior space but it should also be practical.  The team of technical experts at Canal have put together a short guide of points to consider when designing your staircase.

As highlighted in our previous blog attention must be paid to the current UK staircase regulations and whether you’re replacing an existing staircase or incorporating an entirely new design you should be aware of the regulatory implications first.

First steps

The first step is to understand your own priorities, is it cost, shape, material or finish, etc. Obviously these are connected but understanding your first priority can pave the way for managing your expectations.  At Canal we can offer a turnkey design, fabrication and installation package including all elements of your staircase including treads, balustrades and handrails.

Consider your style

Whether you are looking for something more traditional or modern, staircase trends are continually changing. The new staircase trends offer all the inspiration needed to reinvent your staircase design. The combination of classic and modern features, mixing styles and finishes into the staircase design is emerging. A few of these include exposed metal, feature balustrades and the ever popular cantilever staircase design.

Types of staircases

There is an array of staircase types to consider for your space from straight to spiral, helix and u-shape staircases. Of course, many of these options will need to suit your property or development.  These are a list of the most popular staircase shapes:

  • Straight stairs are exactly as they sound with no curves or corners from one end to the other. They’re also one of the easier types to use and install and is one of the most popular options. Although common they’re far from ordinary, many styles can be incorporated into straight staircase designs from cantilever, folded, through to central spine staircase styles.
  • Spiral stairs generally wrap around a central pole the space taken is reduced and support structures aren’t needed for this type of staircase.
  • U-shaped stairs consist of two parallel flights of stairs joined by a landing, creating a 180-degree turn. They are ideally suited to smaller spaces for a resting point between floors
  • Helix stairs are similar to a spiral, but the central pole is removed allowing the stair to be opened out creating a more flowing, freestanding structure, effortlessly enticing you to another level.
  • Winder stairs turn corners and are particularly popular in townhouse developments. They’re compact and take up less space than L-shaped stairs for a seamless transition.

As the focal point of your home and the passageway to another level of your interior, the staircase is a beautiful and elegant structure. If you would like more information on our staircase designs please contact our technical sales team on canal@canalengineering.co.uk for more information.

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