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A 180-degree turn staircase is one of the best designs for any entryway. It got its name because the stairs wind at a 180-degrees turn up toward the next floor. A 180-degree turn staircase is also called a winder staircase. It makes walking more enjoyable, and the “wind” can help break falls.
The landing is usually half-way up the staircase, though it can be placed anywhere that you and your designer consider functional. The mid-point landing is considered the most space-efficient configuration. You can add winding stairs to the top, middle or bottom of a 180-degree turn staircase to give it more appealing.
Where space is a concern, a 180-degree turn staircase can help you avoid a straight staircase and be more imaginative.
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Traditional 180 Degree Turn Staircases
A traditional 180-degree turn staircase is often built from wood and carpeted. The newels at the bottom of the staircase may be curved or have a stately square newel. The flooring in the foyer, living room or other room at the bottom of the staircase usually matches the staircase’s color scheme. You can add a rug runner for a splash of design and color.
Metal Stairs for a Modern Aesthetic
Metal slat stairs may be used on a winder, with open spaces instead of risers. The stairs can be combined with hardwood, or made solely of metal. Using these materials in a loft or contemporary/minimalist house gives your home a wide-open, uncluttered look.
Both traditional and modern 180-degree turn staircases look great with specially designed ceiling lights. Traditional designs often incorporate chandeliers, and skylights accentuate contemporary staircases
Balustrades and Railings
When designing a 180-degree turn staircase, the railing and type of balustrade can make a difference in both function and aesthetics. Railings can be made of wrought iron, steel or wood, and paired with different spindles.
The spindles holding up the railing (also called a balustrade), may consist of vertical or horizontal rods or a steel cable for a modern look. To determine which one is best for your house, look at photos depicting designs similar to your living room (or other room where the staircase will be constructed) taking into consideration the space at the bottom and top of the stairs.