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Imaginative designs for straight staircases

If you are looking for a staircase to suit an understated interior style, a straight design can be ideal. Or you can create visual drama through the use of interesting materials. Straight stairs are very adaptable in terms of the design ideas you can apply to them.

An L-shaped or dog-leg stair is a straight staircase which includes a space to change direction with a 90° or 180° bend. This is usually at a landing halfway between floors. This can be a helpful staircase design idea where space is limited as it is more compact than a completely straight staircase.

A straight spine beam staircase has a long beam running underneath the centre of the staircase with treads on both sides. This can create an open airy feel. A spine beam staircase lends itself to modern interiors and is highly flexible in terms of the materials used.

Straight concrete stair
Straight concrete stair

Points to consider

What are the advantages?

Straight staircases, such as dog legged staircases and L shaped stairs, are the easiest type of bespoke staircase to construct and this is often reflected in lower costs. If there are less than 16 risers then there is no requirement for an intermediate landing.

Straight staircases are very flexible in terms of the design ideas you can apply to them. Dog legged staircases and L shape stairs are great ways of adapting these to the layout of your property.

What are the popular materials for dog legged staircases and L shaped stairs?

At Spiral UK, we can design your bespoke staircase in timber, natural stone, steel, glass or concrete, allowing you to create the style that blends perfectly with the interior design of your home. Handrails and balustrades can be made from wood, glass, steel or clad in leather, adding further quality and character to your bespoke design.

What exactly are dog legged staircases and L shaped stairs?

An L-shaped or dog-legged stair is a straight staircase which includes a space to change direction with a 90° or 180° bend. This is usually at a landing halfway between floors. This can be a helpful staircase design idea where space is limited as it is more compact than a completely straight staircase.

What is a straight spine beam staircase?

A straight spine beam staircase has a long beam running underneath the centre of the staircase with treads on both sides. This can create an open airy feel. A spine beam staircase lends itself to modern interiors and is highly flexible in terms of the materials used.

What about the safety of your dog legged staircases and L shaped stairs?

We ensure that all of our staircases comply with the latest Building Regulations, so that you know they are safe. The specific Building Regulations will vary depending on the type of staircase.

How long does it take to manufacture custom-built dog legged staircases and L shaped stairs?

For bespoke straight stairs, once you have approved the design, construction typically takes between 6 and 12 weeks, depending on the complexity of the design

Will you work with my architect or builder?

Spiral UK has built a wide variety of bespoke staircase designs across the country for many years and we are very experienced at working alongside architects and builders to achieve a great result. We will discuss your project with them and can supply detailed plans and 3D visuals, as well as free samples of materials for approval or colour matching.

How expensive are dog legged staircases and L shaped stairs compared to other options?

Straight stairs like these are usually the most cost-effective type to manufacture, but the final price will depend on the complexity of your chosen design and the type of materials that you decide on. All Spiral UK's staircases are bespoke so we assess the cost on a case by case basis and tailor the quotation specifically to your project requirements.

What is a quarter turn straight staircase?

This is a dog-leg staircase that makes a turn at an angle of 90°. The turn can be to the left or to the right.

Are your stairs manufactured off site and installed, or built in situ?

We can use either approach, depending on your requirements – either prefabricated and ready to install onsite, or constructed at your location.

What are u-shaped straight stairs? What are half-turn straight stairs?

These are both alternative names for a straight staircase that turns back on itself in a 180° bend.

Where do people commonly use dog legged staircases and L shaped stairs?

Straight stairs like these are usually sited internally.

Glossary

Unsure about staircase terminology? Take a look at our handy glossary of terms.

Glossary

Materials & finishes

We love the challenge of finding the right staircase materials to suit your home's interior design and we are happy to supply free samples.

Materials & Finishes
Curved luxury staircase

Technical information

Download our British Standard specification sheets for the different categories of spiral and helical stairs. These technical drawings help ensure compliance with BS5395 Part II 1984.

Technical Information

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