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All stairs are built on the same concept of a set of steps that lead from one floor of a building to another but not all stairs are the same. There are different types and designs for each set of stairs with each providing different benefits and disadvantages. When constructing a staircase there are factors that should always be put into consideration.

Below are some of the types of staircases and differences in each of them.

Straight Stairs

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Straight staircases are the most common type of stairs they are found almost everywhere.

Some of the distinctive perks of straight stairs include:

  • All steps go in one direction
  • Simplest form of stair arrangement
  • Less complex railings and handrails
  • They work well even with minimal space
  • Change of direction can be easily done
  • Landings are not required in most designs
  • The staircase does not need intermediate support
  • Building rails for this straight staircase is easy compared to the rest.

Disadvantages of straight stairs

  • Lack of privacy between floors unlike the l-shaped staircase which creates privacy.
  • Most common type of stairs so they won’t stand out as much

L-Shaped Stairs

This is a combination of two or more straight staircases with a landing. They are also basically a straight staircase with a turn.

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Some of the distinctive advantages of L-shaped stairs include

  • They are attractive and take up less space
  • Can be used in a corner of a room and they are also easy to navigate because of the landing width
  • The landing provides a rest area
  • Design is sometimes safer than the straight staircase because the landing provides a base that reduces the chances of a fall
  • The l-shape acts as a sound breaker

The l-shaped staircase also has some disadvantages

  • Complex to build
  • Costly to construct
  • Require a landing for the turn to be in place
  • Handrails for these staircases need expertise in construction.

U-Shaped Stairs

This is a combination of two flights of stairs going different directions with a rest landing of 90 degrees. Some of the distinctive perks of U-shaped stairs include:

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  • Seem more interesting than the straight stairs
  • The landing offers a resting base
  • Uses less floor space
  • Ideal for a corner design.

Disadvantages of u-shaped stairs

  • The shape makes it difficult when moving large furniture because of the turn
  • Difficult to construct.

Spiral Stairs

These type of stairs are mostly confused with curved stairs because of the design. It is considered a novelty by most people. They are mostly found in beach houses because of their contact nature

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Advantages of Spiral Staircase

  • These staircases have one central post where all the steps are attached
  • Take up less space
  • More attractive in appearance since they create some sense of style
  • Don’t require extra support structure making installation easier.

Disadvantages of spiral stairs

  • Only one person at a time can use the stairs and requires care because the inner of the step is narrow
  • Unlike straight staircases they are difficult to maneuver especially when moving large items up and down the stairway
  • Difficult to plan.