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Different Types of Spiral Staircases

If you are considering investing in a spiral staircase for your property, it would be wise to do some research into the different types available. Not all spiral staircases offer the same features and benefits, and it may be that you require a specific design for your home.

Dolle Calgary White Spiral Stair Kit

Dolle Calgary White Spiral Stair Kit

Comparing Different Types of Spiral Staircases & What to Think About When Choosing

There are many different types of spiral staircases to choose from and a number of factors to take into consideration before you buy.


Before investing in a spiral staircase, you’ll need to accurately measure your space to ensure that the one you purchase is neither too big nor too small. Many people are attracted to spiral staircases thanks to their space-saving benefits as the stairs curve up and around rather than stretching out. This makes them the ideal choice for those who want to create a permanent access to their loft or mezzanine area but are short on space.

Before making a purchase, you’ll need to know the height of your space from the ground floor up to the top of the deck flooring to ascertain how tall you need your staircase to be and give you a firm idea of how many treads your spiral staircase can have.

The diameter of your staircase is another critical measurement to take into account. This will determine how much space it will take up in the room. The diameter of the staircase equates to the overall width. Understanding the maximum diameter of your spiral staircase can be helpful as it will inform you of the limitations to work with and ensure that you get the correct size. It is worth considering that the smaller the width, the smaller the step size - this may be important depending on who will be using the spiral staircase and how frequently.

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Considering where your spiral staircase will be can also impact the type of spiral staircase to purchase. Walls or other obstacles may affect how much room you have to install the stairs, and the placement may also influence which design you opt for. If you are hoping to place the spiral staircase in the middle of a room and make it into a feature, you may wish to opt for a more elaborate or eye-catching design.


Spiral staircases come in a wide variety of different materials, and choosing the right one for you will depend on many factors. Steel staircases are robust, durable and wear-resistant. They can be painted a variety of shades to compliment your current interiors, whereas wooden spiral staircases can feel more warm and inviting and create a cosy, homely look.

Phola Deluxe Spiral Stair Kit

Phola Deluxe Spiral Stair Kit

Handrails and Safety Features

One of the customer’s main concerns when it comes to installing a spiral staircase is ensuring that it is safe and comfortable to ascend and descend. It is important to consider who will be using the staircase as the gradient and turns could potentially cause problems for older people or those with mobility problems. The wider the staircase, the more footprint room available making it easier for an individual to climb the staircase. Our spiral stairs come with a handrail as standard to ensure that people feel safe and steady when using the product. A select range of spiral staircases can also be supplied with matching balustrade and handrails positioned on the loft floor or mezzanine. These will guard against individuals accidently falling off the mezzanine or down the loft floor opening.

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Tread Width and Gradient

As mentioned above, feeling safe and secure when ascending and descending your spiral staircase is paramount. The tread width, depth, and gradient of the stairs will affect how easy it is to climb them. The wider the tread width and depth, the more secure a footing you will have, and the more steps you have on the staircase, the easier it will be to ascend. Of course, everything may well depend on the amount of space you have available. A grand, sweeping spiral staircase that ascends very gradually may be a pleasure to climb but not be practical for those who need access to their loft of the mezzanine level and have space limitations.

Design Features

Last but not least, the design features and aesthetics will naturally also play a big part in your decision-making when selecting the best staircase for your home. You may wish to choose something rustic and homely, in which case a spiral staircase with wooden treads may be more appealing, or you may opt for a design that’s sleek and modern to add a contemporary wow factor to your home. Whatever your tastes, our spiral staircases come in a vast variety of material types, colours, and designs, so you can rest assured you’ll find exactly what you are looking for here.

Building Regulations

Making sure that your chosen staircase adheres to the relevant building regulations is also crucial. To understand more about building regulations around loft stairs and ladders, read our informative blog here.

Discover Stunning Spiral Staircases from Loft Centre

We are delighted to offer our customers a range of classic and contemporary spiral staircases available in kit form, making installing your spiral staircase a breeze. We have a wide range of spiral stairs to suit every application and options for both internal and external use.

Gamia Wood Deluxe Spiral Stair Kit

Gamia Wood Deluxe Spiral Stair Kit

Perhaps you are drawn to our eye-catching Dolle Calgary Anthracite Spiral Stair Kit, which boasts a striking, modern look? Or maybe our Dolle Calgary White Staircase with gorgeous multiplex beech treads, which are perfectly offset with a distinct steel balustrade? Is our Phola Spiral Stair Kit, with its solid beech treads and perfectly contrasted steel framework of interest? Or perhaps you prefer our Gamia Wood Deluxe Kit with its gorgeous beech-curved handrail to add elegance and sophistication to your home? Whatever your tastes, and whichever kind of spiral staircase you have in mind, we are sure you will find plenty of options to consider in the Loft Centre range.

We understand that it isn’t always easy to know which spiral staircase is going to be the perfect fit for your home, so to help you make the right choice, why not give our friendly customer team a call? We can talk through your needs and make some recommendations to help you find exactly what you are looking for to ensure you enjoy your spiral staircase for many years to come.