All you need to know about bespoke feature staircases


All you need to know about bespoke feature staircases

Bespoke feature Staircases

If you are about to embark on a project in a residential, commercial or retail property, one of the first decisions you will need to consider is the installation of a bespoke feature staircase

As your feature staircase is likely to occupy the most prominent position in your home or commercial setting, you need to make sure the staircase design you choose is elegant, functional and adheres to the required building regulations. 

What design should I choose for my feature staircase? 

In most situations where we install bespoke feature staircases, a straight staircase won’t fit into the space available. 

Most cases where a turn is required, the practical option is to split the flight into two and connect them to make a 90 degree or 180 degree turn. 

Spiral Staircases have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their use when space is limited. They also look great and will be certain to add wow factor to your interior design. 

What are the staircase regulations in the UK?

The regulations we reference most often are called Part K building regulations, which is an approved document that relates to the protection from falling, collision and impact on all building works on commercial properties for people who are responsible for building work. 

In short, your feature staircase needs to;

  • Have a maximum rise of 220mm and a minimum going of 220mm
  • Have a maximum pitch of 42°
  • Flights of stairs should have a handrail on at least one side if they are less than one metre wide and on both sides if they are wider than this
  • Handrails on stairs and landings should have a minimum height of 900mm
  • Openings of any point on the staircase should comply with the 100mm rule
  • A minimum of 2,000mm of clear headroom is required above the pitch line

Given the health and safety implications of a malfunctional staircase, it’s important to consult with a specialist, like Essential Projects, to ensure that you are complying with building regulations.

What materials can a feature staircase be manufactured in? 

In our opinion, given that this is our specialism, you will forgive us for saying that using glass is the ultimate choice of material with which to manufacture your bespoke feature staircase. Glass is a product that fits well in all types of settings and will certainly add a contemporary look to your residential, commercial or retail project.

Ultimately though, debating the differences between materials such as wood, glass, metal and stone will be based on factors such as affordability, susceptibility to damage, durability, longevity, ease of installation, ongoing maintenance costs and ultimately the aesthetics.

Our article on the pros and cons of each material option can be read here.

What can I add to my feature staircase? 

To add even more aesthetic elements to your feature staircase, again unsurprisingly we highly recommend installing a bespoke glass balustrade

Alongside your glass balustrade design, you can incorporate stainless steel handrails and posts, framed or frameless. Regardless of the options you choose, Essential Projects has the skills to design and manufacture a design that is bespoke to your exact requirements.

Glass Balustrade for Retail

If you have any concerns as to whether your projects designs will meet regulations, our advice is to consult an expert like Essential Projects who will be able to provide guidance very early on in your design process and avoid costly re-planning exercises.

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