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A few of my favorite staircases
This is a view of the floating modern staircase with wooden steps and glass walls on its sides along with a large glass wall on the far side that brings in natural lighting.
Spanning various styles and materials, we’ll take a look at staircases that may wow, inspire, or excite you. Others may bore you, irk you, or leave you feeling dissatisfied. Whether you’re looking for a modern staircase, minimalist staircase, spiral staircase, or contemporary staircase ideas Home Stratosphere has you covered.
It’s only when you stop to look at the individual elements of the staircase that you can begin to decipher your responses to it. How is it constructed? What elements are showcased? What parts are minimized? What are the building materials used?
As a short primer, some terminology can be helpful.
As you know, staircases are made up of steps. Steps, in turn, are usually made up of a tread – where your foot lands – and risers – the vertical portion between the treads.
Supporting the treads and risers are what are called “stringers”, typically one on each side. Stringers hold up the treads and risers.
The balustrade, or railing system, is the system of handrails (banisters) and spindles (balusters) that keeps people from falling over the edge.
Beyond this, there are many other components of a staircase – present in some, and missing in others – that make up its design.
Let’s take a look at a sampling of some staircases. You can decide which ones work for you, and which ones don’t. Keep in mind that the context of a staircase is just as important as the staircase itself.
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This home boasts a modern spiral staircase with glass railings. It looks absolutely stunning.
Staircases With Hardwood Floors
The entryway of this Mediterranean home features a staircase with hardwood steps, matching the home’s hardwood floors.
An entryway with gorgeous decorated tiles flooring. It also offers a curved staircase with carpeted steps.
A minimalist home entry with hardwood floors and white walls. It also has a straight staircase with hardwood steps.
A stunning bifurcated-style staircase set on the home’s great room with spacious living space and a kitchen with a stylish breakfast bar.
Three-Quarter Turn Staircases
Three-quarter turn staircase with carpeted steps and iron railings, lighted by wall lights. The area has hardwood flooring and a two-storey ceiling.
This home boasts a stylish half-turn staircase. The home features hardwood floors, gray walls and glass windows and doors.
Tiny House Staircases
This tiny house boasts a stylish espresso-finished staircase surrounded by wooden walls and hardwood floors.
Staircases With Tile Flooring
A luxurious foyer with gorgeous decorated floors and a staircase with an elegant railing and tiles steps.
Staircases With Carpet Floors
A spacious foyer with carpeted steps and iron railings. The home boasts hardwood and carpeted floors, along with a tall shed ceiling.
Upper Floor & Staircase Landings
Spacious foyer area with beige tiles floors and white walls. It offers a quarter-turn staircase with glass railings.
180 Degree Turn Staircases
A closer look at this home’s 180-degree turn staircase with white railings, wooden handrails, and carpeted steps.
Main parts of a staircase
Types of Stairs
As you research and look at many staircase photos and designs, you’ll quickly notice that there are not many different types of stairs.
The following are the main types of stairs:
- Straight stairs;
- Three-quarter turn;
- 180 degree turn;
- Spiral; and
For the home, most stairs are built with wood, but some are glass, steel or even concrete.
As for the step material, wood, carpet, laminate, concrete and glass are the main materials. I’m partial to carpet on the stairs, not because it looks best, but because it’s soft and offers additional grip. Hardwood surface stairs, while they look amazing, can be deadly. Besides, we have young kids and I’m much more comfortable with them on our carpeted stairs than our hardwood stairs.
If you have hardwood stairs and have the same concerns, you can easily install a carpet runner which can look great. You see the hard wood on the side of the carpet. It’s a nice effect and very practical.