So you want a new
staircase but you don't know where to start ?
Are you going to design
the stair layout yourself ?
The first thing I do when
sorting out a new staircase is to measure the rise, the rise is
the measurement from finished floor to finished floor level. ( Floor
to Floor) measuring
Once I have established
the rise the next step is to establish the number of risers required
for this particular staircase, for a domestic staircase you need
a rise between 190 and 220mm to stay within building regulations.
(Eg :- 2600mm Rise (floor to floor) divided by 13 would equal 200mm,
equaling 13Nº risers.)Or just let Stairplan know the floor
to floor measurement on your enquiry.
Now you have the number
of risers required you also have the number of treads required,
you require 1Nº less tread than the number of risers. (Eg :-
13Nº risers 12Nº treads.)(The top tread is only a nosing
that attaches to your landing.)
The next thing you have
to do is work out the tread size other wise known as the going,
the going is the face of one riser to the face of the next riser.
The minimum going for a staircase to comply with building regulations
is 220mm and the pitch of a domestic staircase must not exceed 42º.
Use the Rise and Go page to help you with this.
Does your staircase need
to comply with regulations or not?
Width - there is no restriction
with how narrow you can go with a staircase but the width of a standard
flight of stairs is 860mm and I would not recommend a width of less
than 600mm even for access to a single room.
Headroom - You need a
minimum of 2000mm of clear headroom above the pitch line of the
stairs, so take care when your planning on where to put your staircase
especially when your going into your loft and make sure you stair
well opening is big enough. Dont always rely on your architects
drawings sort your stairs out while it is still possible to alter
your stair well as it could get expensive to alter it later.
Corners - When it comes
to corners you have a number of options the simplest option is a
90º quarter turn landing for this you only need to allow the
width of the staircase, the next option is a 3Nº tread winder
for this you need to allow approximately 900 x 900mm in the corner
depending on your going and the width of your staircase, the next
option is a 4º tread winder for this you need to allow approximately
1000 x 1000mm again depending on your going and the width.
Now you have got a rough
idea of the design of your staircase draw it using our Stair planner
and send it to us for a quotation.