Loft style, what is it?
Who has never been curious about the industrial past of certain buildings? Today these buildings are gradually becoming homes with a strong character. The remains of metal beams and their typical spaces make these residences real gems. Want to bring unique and designed stairs to your home?
A loft ladder is a wide-open space with very few partitions. It is in fact a former industrial space, a warehouse, or a factory.
The windows, the doors make these loft spaces very bright. The idea is to keep the authenticity of the place when you want to carry out work such as the installation of a staircase, for example, custom-made Loft - type stairs so that it blends in perfectly with your home! You must keep as much visible space as possible and that is why the suspended staircase will be your ally!
What materials for a loft staircase?
The loft staircase can look completely different! It is above all a designer staircase that must blend into your interior. The flagship material of the loft stairs is, of course, steel. It is this metallic aspect that will give it the industrial side. But it is possible to associate it with wood to bring a warmer touch to your interior.
At LOFT LADDERS, we offer made-to-measure staircases both in terms of form and aesthetics all over the UK and Ireland. These greatly facilitate access to your attic in a safe manner. In general, the main stairs are found in houses and remain frozen unlike retractable ladders serving as secondary equipment. So you can combine several materials (wood, steel, glass, etc.) to create the staircase that suits you the most.
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For the shape of your staircase, there too you have a wide choice; we offer a whole range of spiral, straight staircases, and much more so that they fit perfectly into your interior and highlight the loft side for your home.
The Loft staircase, a designed and practical staircase!
How to adjust your space according to your staircase? If the surfaces of your Loft are rather large, choose a straight staircase or a quarter-turn. These are trendy models that are more imposing than other types of stairs.
In addition to being designs, Loft stairs also allow you to design several storage units that can only be useful to you. The storage will adapt to your decoration and they will allow you, in addition, to install shelves or even insert a desk under your stairs. Convenient, isn't it? If your space is smaller, you can opt for a quarter-turn staircase depending on the room you want to serve.
Our stairs are, made with quality materials; they will offer you more than satisfactory resistance, durability, and convenience for a room subject to a lot of traffic.
Possible staircase models for a loft
Loft lovers are spoiled for choice because stair designers have no shortage of ideas. Also, depending on the dedicated budget, we can install a staircase in a loft Standard,
Tailor-made, created by a designer for example.
The material is also very important since it must be in harmony with the rest of the interior decoration. Among the most popular materials in a loft, we find:
steel for an industrial atmosphere;
wood for a classic interior glass which enables transparency and optimizes brightness;
natural stone for a plush style
Wrought iron, very retro.
It is fashionable to design a loft staircase with different materials, such as:
Glass and steel,
Wood and steel,
Glass and wood.
On the color side, anything is possible. The loft staircase adapts particularly well to the whims of each one.
You can opt for:
A single tone,
Wooden steps and a black or silver-gray metal handrail for example,
The positive/negative with a black and white metal staircase,
An original multicolored staircase.
Loft staircase: price
The price of a loft staircase can be extremely variable since it depends on:
The dimensions of the stairs,
The material from which it is made, of his style,
its dressing of its complexity: law,
a quarter turn,
two quarter turns,
Staircase in your dining room: which one to choose?
Depending on the space you have in your living room, you will not install the same type of staircase.
Three types of staircases exist and as many materials are at your disposal!
Choose a staircase shape suited to your interior
Straight staircase: to be reserved for large rooms
The straight staircase is appreciated for its simplicity:
it connects two floors along a single axis;
its installation is simple;
however, it is a staircase which requires a lot of space because of its length;
it will, therefore, be more suitable in rooms with a substantial volume so as not to take up all the space;
Spiral staircase: ideal for tight spaces
This type of staircase is chosen to optimize space:
it has one or two right angles;
the most frequent are:
the 1/4 turn: with a single right angle, it forms a bend;
the 2/4 turn: it has two right angles and follows the longevity of the wall;
the half-turn: it is made up of two parts opposite each other and makes you make a half-turn at 90 ° C;
it saves space since it does not cross your room;
it gives a very designer side to your interior;
however, it is steeper and therefore more difficult to climb, especially for children or the elderly;
Helical staircase: space-saving and ease of installation
The helical staircase saves considerable space:
it is the easiest to set up because it does not require support on a wall: it is a self-supporting staircase;
its diameter is about 1.60 m: it is the narrowest;
it can, therefore, be installed in a narrow living room;
What material for the staircase in his living room?
Wood for a personalized staircase
Wood is a quality material:
it gives a classic, rustic style to your interior;
it allows specific customization of your living room due to its possibility of being stained or painted for example;
some woods are more robust and durable than others: oak or beech for example;
Note: remember to vacuum regularly and possibly varnish the wood of your staircase for better longevity.
Steel: for a contemporary atmosphere
In a more designer style, opt for a steel staircase:
this material will be the most suitable for a helical staircase;
it gives an impression of lightness in your interior;
treat your steel staircase against oxidation and rust, and it will last a lifetime;
Good to know: you can pair it with wood or glass.
A straight or winding stone staircase
If your budget allows it, opt for a stone or imitation stone staircase:
stone is rather used for straight or spiral staircases: indeed, a helical shape in stone turns out to be complicated and time-consuming;
it allows a perfect harmonization if the floor of your room is stone or terracotta (terracotta tiles);
stone has the advantage of being very strong and easy to clean;
however, as the structure must be made of concrete, the installation time is longer;
An interior staircase, whether main or secondary, can have several shapes allowing it to adapt to a large number of configurations and volumes:
The straight staircase is the simplest.
The spiral staircase is available in 1/2, 1/4, 2/4 or 3/4 turn.
The helical staircase is the least bulky on the ground; it can be screw, spiral, round, or square.
A staircase is also defined by its structure:
A staircase can be with or without a landing, otherwise known as one or more flights of steps.
With a suspended staircase, the steps do not rest on the ground.
On a back-to-back staircase, the steps rest on a wall bordered by the staircase.
There are stairs on 1 or 2 stringers, the stringer being the supporting part on which the steps are fixed.
Interior staircase called "main"
The main staircase provides access to the different levels of a house. It must have sufficient width for a comfortable movement of people, but also, if it is the only access, objects, and furniture constituting the interior furnishings.
The dimensions of the main interior staircase are larger than those of the secondary staircases. The main staircase is not subject to the same space constraints.
The staircase is used daily by the members of the family: its material, its layout, and its covering must be studied accordingly. Likewise, all users, from young children to the elderly, must be able to borrow it in complete safety, regardless of the surrounding context.
Interior staircase called "secondary"
Interior stairs do not all have the same role; we speak of "secondary" stairs when they are used more occasionally:
The small staircase has only a few steps. It is used for a level difference less than that of a floor (for example, access to a platform).
The retractable staircase folds up so as not to take up any space on the ground (for example, to access an attic or attic).
The miller's staircase, of a lighter structure, has no risers and is often used for access to the mezzanines.
The Japanese step staircase is a variation of the miller's staircase but has better comfort.
Interior staircase under renovation
The staircase is most of the time mentioned and designed during the construction of the house. However, during redevelopment or expansion of the dwelling, it may be decided to install a staircase. The study will then be a little more complex since it will have to take into account the existing staircase and the constraints of the building.
Whether main or secondary, the staircase must be the subject of a study during its design, to determine:
the form ;
the structure ;
the dimensions ;
The materials that will constitute it.
Staircase for mezzanine
Access to a mezzanine can be done by a staircase or a ladder. The staircase of a mezzanine must meet specific standards to ensure the safety of its users.
Which staircase to choose for a mezzanine?
The choice of the staircase will depend on the type of mezzanine in place:
Several types of mezzanine stairs are available: helical, ¼ turn, straight ...
These stairs are available as a kit or already assembled and are easy to install since they are supplied with an explanatory note.
For a simple mezzanine, you can choose a straight or ¼ turn staircase depending on the width of the entrance opening of the mezzanine.
The advantage of these stairs is above all their price and the fact that you can, by choosing them raw, tint or paint them at will in a color matching that of the mezzanine.
Depending on the space you have, you can also choose a mezzanine staircase with cupboards for different storage.
Safety of a staircase for a mezzanine
A staircase is made up of steps and a rampant railing, providing access to a floor. It must correspond to precise characteristics to ensure optimal security:
The height of the guardrail must be 90 cm. This is fixed to the right or left of the flight of steps.
The passage width of a staircase must not be less than 60 cm. This must, therefore, be taken into account when choosing the staircase and for fixing to a landing.
A baluster or handrail will be mandatory for your safety when going up or down the stairs.
It is important to favor non-slip steps and to screw the staircase, whatever it is, with universal brackets, if the fixing is not sold with the hardware when purchasing the staircase.
Price of a staircase for mezzanine
The prices of a staircase for a mezzanine differ according to the model chosen, the finishes, the height, the material...
Which staircase to access attic?
Creating additional space under the attic upstairs most often involves the installation of a staircase to access it. Depending on the space available in your attic and on the lower floor, according to your budget and according to your desires, you can choose between a ladder and a real staircase for your attic.
Attic: what type of staircase?
Several types of stairs can be installed to access the attic in a house. Your choice will depend on your own criteria, the layout of your attic, and the use you make of it.
A ladder or a staircase with Japanese steps?
The miller's ladder and the Japanese step staircase (staircase whose steps are offset from each other) are the cleverest solutions: economical, they cause almost no space requirement.
However, in the case of habitable attics, they can quickly turn out to be uncomfortable: daily use is not recommended for children and seniors.
Or a real staircase?
If you have space, you can opt for a real staircase. There are three main shapes (depending on the dimensions of the room to be fitted):
The straight staircase assumes maximum space requirements at the level of the lower floor;
The spiral staircase (1/4 or 1/2) is the most comfortable form in use; the change of angle is obtained using an intermediate landing or by so-called "balanced" steps.
The helical (spiral) staircase is the shape that saves the most space (the dimensions of the hopper are the same as those of the footprint space), but it is less practical for mounting bulky items to the floor.
Attic retractable stairs
To occasionally access the attic of your home, it is not necessarily necessary to install a traditional staircase. Opting for an attic retractable staircase is an economical solution, but not only.
Principle of the retractable staircase to access the attic
The attic retractable staircase is convenient when space is limited. However, it is advisable to provide sufficient setback when the stairs are unfolded. It has the particularity:
to be retractable, to be stored in the ceiling, hidden by a hatch;
Deploy using a maneuvering rod provided during installation.
Attic retractable stairs models
The attic retractable staircase is available in different models. For the choice, it is important to know the dimensions of the hatch so that the retractable staircase adapts to it perfectly. The same is true for the height between the floor and the ceiling.
Among the various retractable stairs, we can distinguish:
The foldable staircase: it can be made of wood or aluminum. It is usually designed in three parts with a hinge at each end of the segments so that it can easily extend and fold down. It has a rubber floor protection cap and, optionally, a handrail or ramp.
The sliding staircase: made up of several sliding panels (generally three in number). Most of these attic stairs are made of lightweight aluminum. This stair system is comparable to a ladder. Its handling is quite delicate, requiring great vigilance to avoid any pinching of the fingers.
The scissor staircase: mainly in aluminum, it has a structure in the form of crosses on each side and on each step. It is sometimes referred to as an accordion staircase. This type of attic staircase unfolds and retracts thanks to a removable mechanism located on each element of the structure.
Advantages of the attic retractable staircase
The retractable staircase allowing access to the attic has certain advantages, namely:
Ready to install: its installation does not require major work. The staircase is fixed on joists.
Economical: much less expensive than a traditional staircase, at least in the majority of cases.
Easy to handle: light, it can be handled effortlessly using a pole.
Space-saving: it frees up the floor space when it is folded up and stored under the hatch.
Practical: it replaces other access systems to the attic such as the miller's ladder for example, which is quite rudimentary.
Stable: This makes it an excellent extra staircase.
Attic retractable stairs: price
The price of an attic retractable staircase depends on:
the type of staircase;
materials used: wood or metal;
of its dimensions;
the number of steps;
the quality of manufacture;
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