Where To Put Stairs For A Loft Conversion

Where To Put Stairs For A Loft Conversion

Truthfully, the most significant decision you will ever make when it comes to your loft conversion and design is the stairs’ positioning. When you decided to have your loft converted, I am sure you thought about how to access the extra living room, right?
Well, if you didn’t, no worries. Where you position the stairs doesn’t need to pose a headache. The right designer can create bespoke and more ideas for placing your staircase that adds magic and style to your loft.

  • You can install it over existing stairs, thereby reducing the amount of floor space eaten by the new stairs, so you don’t lose headspace.
  • Alternatively, you can install the stairs in a section of another room

However, before you think about the best place to position your stairs, you must be aware of the building regulations.

  • A maximum steepness pitch of 45 degrees.
  • A fixed staircase that provides safe access.
  • A minimum headroom height of 1.9m.
  • There must be handrails provided on the stairs if there is a drop of more than 600mm.
  • Equal risers.
  • Space-saver stairs must have handrails or bars on both sides for single rooms.

With these regulations duly noted, what kind of stairs can you have for your loft conversion?

1. Pre-made stairs

If you are on a budget, then pre-made stairs are the best option for you. These stairs are attractive and durable, and economical because they are made by large manufacturers who use their economics of scale to keep the cost down.

2. Bespoke stairs

Custom-made according to your specifications and designs, bespoke stairs are sturdy and elegant, as they add a unique flair to your home. Obviously, they are more expensive, but you gain in style and endurance what you lose in cost.

3. Spiral stairs

A cheap option for saving space (about £500 to install), the only challenge is ensuring it meets regulations. However, they are fantastic and adds a jaw-dropping effect to your home.

4. Paddle stair

Made using alternating threads in a paddle’s shape, the paddle stair is generally about half the conventional staircase’s length and saves more space. Although steeper than other stairs, they are perfectly safe.