Anatomy of a staircase
Key terminology when it comes to staircases and contemporary design
Balustrade: The side railing of your stairs, forming an ornamental parapet.
Handrail: A beam running along the side of a staircase to provide safety for users.
Tread: The part of the step that you put your foot on.
Riser: The vertical piece between each tread on the stair — these days they're often optional!
Winders: Angled steps that wrap around corners or bends in a staircase.
Straight staircase: A
single flight of stairs with a clear view from top to bottom, creating a
dynamic first impression when located in the entry hallway.
staircase consisting of two flights with a landing or winders between
them. The second flight of stairs turns 90 degrees, creating an L-shape.
This type of staircase design is known for its striking presence and
effective use of space.
consisting of two flights, this staircase takes a 180-degree turn at
the landing or winders, creating a U-shape when you view it on floor
plans. This design is hugely popular for smaller spaces.