Renovation: The best staircase types for compact spaces
Besides familiarising yourself with staircase anatomy — so you know what's important, and why, when designing one, you might want to know more about the different types of staircases you can integrate to create a functional and beautiful space.
A staircase can be a strong design feature or focal point in your home, even if it's not a large grand one.
See in the following slides the best staircase types for compact spaces, and find out more about them before deciding which is ideal for your home.
If you have a high ceiling, this staircase's volume overlaps over the same footprint to make the most of the vertical space. However, as the treads radiate around a central pole, they will be tapered and can get quite harrow, which may not be easy to use, especially for the elderly.
Note that the larger the diameter, the deeper the treads become. Typically, only one person can use the stairs at a time.
2. Straight flight staircase
For a long, narrow space, go for a straight flight staircase (with an intermediate landing, if needed). But this type of stairs is best used when the ceiling is not too high, or the overall staircase run will end up very long.
(Find out more about what to know when designing a staircase here.)
3. Winder staircase
If there is enough depth, a winder staircase is ideal for odd corners. Requiring less space than other types, this is a variation of the quarter-turn staircase — the steps change direction without the use of landings (which takes up more surface area), using tapered steps at the transition instead.
(See great staircase designs in Singapore homes here!)