Parts of a Staircase: Design Your Dream Staircase with Goddard
A custom spiral staircase offers endless design possibilities and can be a wonderful addition to your home or office. At Goddard Spiral Stairs, select options for each part of the staircase such as handrails, balusters, and treads, and style your dream staircase at an affordable cost. When customizing your design, consider these steps:
Step 1: Location, Functionality, and Color
Before constructing a staircase, assess the location, functionality, style, and color scheme. The location of a staircase is important to comply with building codes and can also help determine the functionality of the stairs. For example, an indoor staircase is often used to create an open concept floor plan and to save space in smaller areas, while outdoor staircases should be designed to withstand the weather.
Add character to your staircase by selecting a color scheme. Colors can help modernize your design or create a decorative piece of art. You can choose steel, wood, or a combination of both materials to complement or contrast with the décor of the room.
Step 2: Treads
Treads, also known as the top surface of the step, are important to the functionality of the staircase. For example, an outdoor staircase needs non-slippery treads while an indoor staircase may need narrower treads to accommodate the available space. There are a variety of style and sizes of treads in both steel and wood:
- Range anywhere from 5 inches to 6 inches in diameter
- Available in expanded metal and plate treads
- Range from 3 ½ inches to 6 inches in diameter
- Available in hickory, walnut, maple, ash, red oak, and more
Step 3: Handrails
Handrails are essential to the durability of a staircase and provide the body balance. They can be designed to adapt to the space available. Small and slightly curved handrails fit better with small areas, while sectioned handrails offer an ornamental feel.
Step 4: Balusters
A baluster is a type of column that adds structural support to the staircases. You can add more flair to your wood staircase by alternating wood types. For steel staircases, you can enhance its appearance with twist, bird cage, or leaf pattern balusters.
Step 5: Contact Goddard Spiral Stairs
To create your custom spiral staircase, you want a trusted expert, like Goddard Spiral Stairs. We are happy to walk you through what parts of a staircase best fit your style, available space, and budget. Give us a call today at 1-800-536-4341 to get started. Looking for inspiration? Check out our handcrafted spiral staircases on our Gallery page.