HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR STAIRCASE

 

A staircase serves to connect two floors which may both be living areas or may be a living area and bedroom area, or else the upper floor could be a store room or service area; the stairs can also provide access to a mezzanine.

A staircase in the living area not only leads to another floor in the home, it also has a decorative function in the same way as a key piece of furniture. Therefore the model and finishes must be chosen carefully so that the staircase is functional and fits into its surroundings.

 

When choosing the staircase some crucial factors must be taken into consideration:

  • the dimensions of the stairwell and the room where the staircase begins,
  • the function of the rooms,
  • the interior design in your home
  • your budget

The dimensions of the stairwell will often determine the choice of one model over another. This means that the best way to go about it is to choose the staircase first and then construct the stairwell accordingly, or else be sure that the existing stairwell can be adapted to the model chosen. Where this is not possible, the staircase design will have to be adapted to the stairwell.

In the same way the layout and the dimensions of the space where the staircase begins may also condition the design of the staircase and might rule out certain models which for various reasons cannot be adapted to the context.

If you are renovating or building your home, please bear these factors in mind.

 

The function of the space influences the dimensions of the riser and tread which by law must comply with different parameters depending on the areas the staircase is connecting.

 

As regards style, you can visit our website and see many variations on the theme – modern, traditional, or minimalist, according to the materials used, as well as the kinds of accessories (handrails and railings), finishes and colours available.

We offer all types of staircases: modular (Pandora), self-supporting with laser-cut stringers (Atena, Era,), cantilver staircases (Cloe, cantilever Atena, Artemide, Fedra), winding and spiral, staircases  for limited spaces.

Each of these staircases can be personalised through the choice of materials, finishes and colours and be more modern, classic, minimalist or elaborate in style. Based on your wishes and requirements we can offer the model with the finishes and colours best suited to you.

 

At this point we need to consider the budget you have set yourselves for the purchase of the staircase.

We must stress that our products are always of the highest quality, even in the case of the least expensive models.

The factors which increase or decrease the cost of a staircase are:

- above all, the model: the basic models made of painted iron or beech wood cost less;

- the choice of the wood: the basic models use beech which is reasonably priced, excellent for steps, a resilient light-coloured wood so it can be painted in a wide range of colours.

If you choose other types of wood – oak, doussiè, teak, walnut, etc. – the cost of the steps will increase depending on the wood chosen.

The wood finish also influences the final cost: simple polishing will be less expensive than varnishing or brushing (a treatment to remove the softer surface layer of the wood and expose the grain),  treatments which will influence the final price.

- the choice of metal: naturally painted iron costs less than brushed or polished stainless steel; this will influence the cost of metal parts such as railings, balusters and handrails.

- closed risers will increase the final cost.

- finally, all staircases will cost more if they include laminated tempered float or extra clear glass parts.

- one final point: we would like to remind you that the costs of balustrade  are always quoted separately, by the metre, and must be added to the cost of the staircase.

 

Naturally you can count on us for answers to any queries you may have on the choice of your staircase and, if you wish, you can ask for two or three different quotations in order to be able to compare the cost of different materials.