By Glacial Wood / April 28, 2016

Mythical Stairs: Build the Staircase You Want

Your staircase design is sure to become one of your strongest focal points and a vital part of your dwelling, especially since this will remain the most practical way to navigate through the levels of your home. Whether you are building an access that leads to the upper floors of your home or providing a practical descent into the basement, this connecting pathway should be not only functional but also a powerful part of the design.



Since staircases are sometimes difficult to design and expensive to build, you should choose the one you love. As a design element and important architectural feature, your staircase can easily be inspired by a variety of popular building choices. However, it is important to ignore popular myths about stairs and create the staircase design you would like for your dream home.

Here are three popular staircase designs and the myths that discourage people from building them.


Spiral staircases seem to get the most negative publicity, even though they take up very little space and can be a very attractive addition to your home. There are three widely known myths that surround the spiral staircase, and these facts couldn’t be more inaccurate.

  • Myth #1: Spiral staircases are not easily installed. Fact: In actuality, the spiral staircase is the easiest type of stairway to install, requiring far less building skills than other staircases.
  • Myth #2: Spiral staircases are too expensive. Fact: While people assume this unique staircase design is too complex and attractive to also be affordable, the spiral staircase is probably one of the most affordable stairways available. This stairway also requires the least amount of materials for installation.
  • Myth #3: Spiral staircases are more dangerous than other staircase designs. Fact: If properly installed, the spiral staircase poses no more risk than any other staircase design. If small children are in the home, just be sure to follow all specifications and regulations during the building process regarding balustrades and risers.


If you aren’t familiar with this staircase design, winder stairs are a spin-off of the L-shaped stairway, with the obvious difference found in the landing, which is normally pie-shaped or triangular at the corner turn.

  • Myth #1: Winder stairs are a more difficult to climb than an L-shaped staircase. Fact: Like spiral staircases, this type of stairway requires less room, which is often misconstrued as being difficult to climb. There are obvious ways to ensure the winder staircase is easy to ascend or descend during the design process, such as wider steps or more prominent handrails and balusters.
  • Myth #2: It is more difficult to add a handrail when choosing the winder staircase design. Fact: While the winder staircase can be made more compact than other stairways, handrails can easily be added without losing visual interest.


A floating staircase offers an excellent design technique which combines function and focus, while opening your floor space to additional light and energy. This design is visually mesmerizing and offers many options when setting up your home.

  • Myth #1: The floating staircase is too modern for my home’s design. Fact: You can easily soften the modern lines of any floating staircase by moving away from metal and fiberglass materials and opting for beautiful wood types in darker colors. A talented architect or staircase installer can help you achieve a look that will perfectly match your home.
  • Myth #2: A floating staircase design will limit my options when decorating. Fact: Floating staircases evolved from complaints due to the limitations of traditional stairways, adding a bevy of additional style and decor options for homeowners. Not only do they make less of a footprint in your home design, but they also provide new storage and space options.

If your home is still in the planning stages, consider the information above when deciding on the type of staircase design that would make you most happy with your space. If you are a contractor building a commercial location, don’t let ridiculous myths about stairs prevent you from creating an exceptional custom made staircase.


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