serve multiple functions in a home, residential building,
or commercial building. Of course, most notably, staircases
serve the purpose of providing a way to get from one
floor of a building or space to another. However,
staircases also offer an opportunity to embrace a
particular artistic style, to open up a space, and
to add a new visual element to the area.
Many people don’t realize that when it comes
to staircases, there are actually several different
types available. Depending on the size and shape of
the space and the desired achievement of the installation
of a stairway, a different type of staircase may be
Below, you’ll find details about the most common
types of staircases. Which one is right for your home
Similar to the spiral staircase, the circular staircase
typically curves on a set, continuous radius. However,
this type of staircase is not traditionally situated
around a pole. Circular staircases can at times have
a very wide curve, which results in a grand appearance.
An elliptical staircase is wider in the center than
at the top and bottom. The center - or the widest
part of the stairway - is where the curve occurs.
As a result, the steps at the top and bottom of the
stairway are shorter than those in the middle. The
length of the stairs increases until the center and
Freestanding staircases have an appearance that could
almost be described as “floating”. They
are not attached to a wall on either side, and you
can easily walk beneath them. Freestanding staircases
are only attached to the structure at the bottom and
Freestanding staircases can be either straight or
curved, making this a fairly versatile type of staircases.
The single-open-under staircase is a staircase in
which one side of the staircase is attached to the
wall, with a straight open space beneath the staircase.
So, shelving or other elements may be stored beneath
the staircase, but you cannot walk through it, since
there is a wall to one side.
A spiral staircase is a staircase that embodies a
spiral shape. This is accomplished by wrapping the
stairs and railings around a central support pole.
This pole typically goes from the stairs to the floor.
Spiral staircases are particularly good for small
spaces since they only take up a set amount of space
around the pole from top to bottom.
Straight staircases have no curve and are rather comprised
of stairs that run along straight lines. Therefore,
all of the stairs in a straight staircase are the
Straight staircases come in three forms:
Top to Bottom: A straight
staircase that goes from one floor to the other
L-Shaped: There is
a wall to one side of the staircase
T-Shaped: There are
two outshoots at the top of the first set of stairs,
allowing a user to either go left or right at the