Designing the staircase to your attic is an important part of designing the perfect home – whether you’ll use your attic as a storage unit or as an extra bedroom, you’ll be using the stairs almost daily, and that’s why you need to make sure the stairs are usable, practical, and durable for years to come. If your attic is in a place where your guests might chance seeing it, you’ll also need to consider its style and design. This article aims to cover all aspects of imaging, planning, and designing the perfect stairs for your home.
Everything about the stairs design depends on what you use it for – the most common usages being turning the attic into storage or converting it into a room someone can live in. Each usage has its specific needs that you need to consider before finalizing the design of the stairs:
Staircase When Using the Attic for Storage
If you are going to use the attic for storage, you won’t use it super often – likely going up once or twice a week to take something out or put something in, and that’s why the stairs need to have a few characteristics:
- Make sure the stairs are extra sturdy and safe – you’ll often be carrying heavy stuff up and down the stairs, and you don’t want it to break, and if you’re not comfortable going up, you might misstep and fall down, which is seriously risky and even causes deaths at rare occasions. Make sure the stairs can carry the extra weight, going up is easy and safe and the staircases are wide and comfortable.
- If you’re going to use the stairs for only one day or two days a week, maybe you don’t need fixed stairs taking up space year-round. Since you use the attic as storage, it means that you don’t have a lot of space, to begin with. So, designing a retractable staircase or using a temporary ladder might be a more cost-effective choice instead of building full-fledged stairs.
- Doubtful you’ll invite your friends or family members to the attic if you’re using it for storage – when using it as a room, especially for your kids, it is undeniable that they’ll invite their friends over. This means that the design and shape of the staircase are much more important in the latter scenario when people get to see it. If you don’t mind a slightly unsightly set of stairs, you can probably get away with spending a minimum on a functional and but simplistic set.
Where is the Attic Located?
The location of the attic should also influence your choice: If the gate to the attic is right over a relatively inaccessible area that visitors won’t see, then you have less incentive to spend money on the design and the materials of the stairs to make it look stylish and modern – any old design would work as your primary and only use for the stairs is to get to the attic.
On the other hand, if the attic is in a relatively accessible and open area, your visitors can’t help but notice the quality and design of the stairs, and if it is relatively bad, they might get a bad impression about your house. That’s why you need to consider the design, the colour, the materials, and don’t be shy about how much you spend on it. Make sure it fits in with the general looks-and-feels of your home and matches its style.
How Much are You Willing to Spend?
Your budget definitely influences the quality and style of the stairs, and your choices will be severely limited if you want to go for the cheapest options.
Most of us don’t want the cheapest option, but we also don’t have limitless money to spend however we want, and that’s why we need to prioritize certain things over others. So, depending on the usage and location of the stairs, you need to prioritize either safety, stylishness, robustness, or durability. This doesn’t mean those categories are mutually exclusive, but rather, you need to spend your money on something that you get the most use of. You can use furniture 3d models and product visualization to test the design in a virtual environment before investing in the stairs.