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About these layouts.

Here we will discuss the different styles of staircase, we look at the overall layout and give technical notes of what is to be considered when designing that particular layout.

Some of the points we will note when designing are:

The riser alignment at the start and finish of the flight.

How to set the handrail centre line for a flowing continuous handrail.

Stairwell spacing.

When this extra information is of use, we link to the pages that explain that particular reasoning.

Straight flights no well with newels.

This style of flight is used mainly in townhouses where floor space is limited.

The flights sit with the stringers aligned directly over top of each other, this allows for the handrail to run into the underside of the flight above and follow the bottom of the string down to floor level.

The spindles will reduce in size as the handrail pitches down to the floor. The handrail and spindles coming up under the floor will also close in.

Example page, see what information the other design pages in this section contain.

Straight flight with newels and no stairwell.
Straight flight with newels and no stairwell.

Straight flights with well and newels.

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Straight flights with well and no newels.

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90º flights.

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“U” shaped or 180º flights.

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Spiral flights.

When the space permits, a spiral flight can make a design statement, as the space required is greater than most other designs, the advantage is when walking the flight there is no sudden change in direction.

Dependant on how the spiral starts but when both sides of the spiral are to carry handrail, the design has to be thought through properly, an unbalanced start to the flight can detract from the splendour of the stairs.

The start of a spiral flight can be one of the most difficult to set out.

Spiral staircases.
Spiral staircase design

Elliptical flights.

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