Staircases are a staple of homes of all shapes and sizes. From the grandest of mansions to the tiniest of bungalows, stairs are a common feature in most homes. Today, more than ever, people are living in higher-rise, apartment-style homes. With the increased vertical living, our staircases need to be built to deal with the added height. The right staircase can make a home feel more spacious and comfortable. There is no right or wrong solution when it comes to building a staircase. It is more about what works for your home and your family. In this blog, we will discuss a few important factors to consider when building a staircase.

Types of Staircases

There are many different types of staircases. Let’s start by discussing the most popular types and what they offer. The first type of staircase is called a “running” staircase. This is a basic design with no more than two flights (10 steps). These stairs can be built in any way you want, with two, three, or four risers per step and no landings. The next type of staircase is called a “stair tread.” These stairs use treads instead of risers, but the rungs are still spaced evenly between each other, so it feels like one continuous set of steps. The last common type of staircase is called an “Olympian” staircase.

Olympian stairs have multiple flights which can confuse children and elderly people who may not always remember how to get back down to their floor level. More floors also mean more landings and more upkeep. What’s best for your home?  When you are deciding on what might be best for your home, it is important to think about safety issues as well as practicality depending on the layout and size of your house.

It is always important to consider if there will be enough room in the area where your new staircase will go to allow for easy movement around the stairs – especially if you live in an apartment-style home with higher ceilings! Many factors come into play when deciding which type of staircase would work best for your home and family

Staircase Orientation

How do you want your stairs to run? Do you prefer for the stairs to run from front to back of the home? Or would you prefer for them to go from one side of the room to the other, or something in between? Whatever your preference, make sure that your staircase is running parallel to the longest wall in your home.

Material to Use

There are many different materials that you can use when building a staircase. You must decide which material will work best for your home. No one material is better than the other, it is simply about which material will work for your house. For example, some homes have (or want) an elegant and classy feel so wood may work best for them. But other homes may have a more modern or industrial feel and metal could be the best option for them.

You also need to consider what type of stairs you are interested in – open treads (stairs with gaps), closed treads (stairs without gaps), or alternating treads (stairs with alternating wide and narrow steps). This step is important because the type of stairs you choose will determine the type of material needed. Open treads and closed treads require two different types of materials – one on each side of the staircase, while alternating treads require only one material since the steps are built on top of one another.

Length and Rise of Staircase

The length and rise of your staircase will depend on the type of home you live in, the number of levels, the size of your staircase, and other factors. In lower-rise homes, a standard stair width is about 36″ (91.4cm). This width will allow you to make a series of turns with a gradual increase in height as you travel up the stairs. If you are building a higher-rise home, it is recommended that the staircase be wider.


A wider staircase will provide more space for those with mobility issues or who use wheelchairs. Additionally, even if your family doesn’t have anyone with mobility issues, they may still want to widen their staircase for comfort and space. Wider stairs also take up less space so they can be used as an extension to another room or area instead of simply being an interruption on one level.

Steps and Risers

The most important thing to keep in mind when building your staircase is the height of each step and the distance between them. This will depend on what type of flooring you are using. The standard height for a stair’s riser is 7 inches, with a tread depth of 10 inches. For stairs with carpet, it’s common to have a riser height of 8 inches. It is also essential that each step be perfectly level, so use a laser leveller to ensure accuracy. As for the pitch or slope of the stairs, this can vary depending on your needs and preference. However, an incline should not exceed 32 degrees.


Selecting the right type of staircase for your home can be challenging. There are many factors to take into consideration. It is to make sure you choose a staircase that is not only beautiful and functional but one that is also the right size for your home. We hope this guide helps you choose the type of staircase that will meet your needs and fit your budget.


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