What is the difference between a spiral stair and a helical or curved staircase?
A spiral staircase rises as it turns around a central axis, a helical or curved stairs is a sweeping arced design without a core pole.
Do spiral staircase manufacturers have to sell spiral staircases that meet building regulations?
Actually no. It is always worth checking with your spiral staircase supplier that the staircase they are installing is building regulations compliant.
What type of materials can spiral stairs be made in?
All our spiral stairs are fabricated in mild steel with a variety of material options for the treads, balustrade and handrail.
Popular contemporary spiral staircase materials for the treads are stone, concrete and timber and you can choose between open or closed risers (the near vertical spaces between one step and the next) designs.
Balustrade is equally varied with choices including parapet styles, balusters, glass or full height steel in a range of colours.
Our handrails are specially curved to the dimensions of the stair and are common in satin polished stainless steel or timber, there is also the option to wrap the handrails in materials like rope or leather.
What is the minimum width of a spiral staircase?
This will depend on how the spiral staircase will be used for instance a category A small private stair is intended for use by a limited number of people who are generally familiar with the staircase. In this case the minimum clear width would be 600mm.
See our technical guidance for more information.
Do spiral staircases meet building regulations?
All our spiral staircases comply with regulation BS 5395 Part II.
Do spiral staircases save space?
Spiral stair designs are often chosen due to their compact nature making an efficient use of space, but it will depend on what width of tread you require as to whether you would consider this design to be space saving.
Can I move furniture up spiral staircases?
Their compact design can make it more difficult to move large objects, such as furniture, between floors.
Which way do spiral staircases turn?
Spiral stairs can turn clockwise or anti-clockwise the turn you choose will depend on where you want to step on and off the stair.
How accessible are spiral stairs?
Spiral stairs can often be steeper than conventional stairs, and therefore less suitable for people with limited mobility.
How many steps can spiral staircases have?
This will vary depending on the height of the spiral staircase, but the regulations allow 22 risers in a single flight without a rest landing.