Should you choose a spiral loft staircase?

One of the practical considerations for any loft conversion is the loft staircase. This needs to be designed practically, and with building standards and fire regulations in mind. One of the staircase options available is a spiral staircase. But should you choose a spiral loft staircase? And would this be a good fit for your home? Well, here at Pinnacle Loft Conversions, we are leading loft conversion professionals. From mansard to dormer loft conversions, we are the team you can count on. And this is our guide to everything you should know about spiral staircases.

Regulations for loft staircases

Before you consider your new staircase, you should think about the building regulations involved. These state that there should be:

  •  1.9m of headroom at the centre of the stairs
  • 1.8m of headroom at the edges
  • The maximum pitch of stairs is 42 degrees

Should you choose a spiral loft staircase?

A spiral loft staircase can be a great option for a number of reasons, including:

  • Saving space- for small homes that need to save space with the loft staircase, a spiral design can be very practical. This is because spiral staircases can be built to turn and curve in any direction to best fit the space you have available.
  • Stylish- not only are spiral staircases practical, they are also stylish. These can be designed to suit traditional and contemporary properties, so that the staircase will suit the style of your property. A stunning spiral staircase can also make for an attractive visual centrepiece too.

However, there are also potential problems too, including:

  • More difficult to navigate- spiral staircases can be more difficult to navigate, because of the small distance between steps, and the turning motion.
  • Steps changing in width- some spiral staircases taper the width of the step to suit the curve and this can be a problem as the thinner parts of the staircase can be more dangerous.

For more information or advice, why not get in touch with the team today, here at Pinnacle Loft Conversions.