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The Straight Truth about Spiral Staircases

Spiral Staircase Checklist by author Meghan Carter

  • Where spiral staircases can and should be used.
  • The different types of spiral staircases.
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Where to install a spiral staircase:

  • A spiral staircase should not be installed as the main staircase in a building unless it is a double helix. If it is not a double helix, it probably will not pass the building codes.
  • A spiral staircase should not be installed nest to a laundry room or in a place where you will be carrying large baskets or boxes up and down the stairs. It is very hard to carry large loads up spiral staircases.
  • Good places to install spiral staircases are in libraries, lofts with spaces under 500 feet, master bedrooms and other areas with little traffic flow.
  • Spiral staircases are best placed in areas where other people will see them because they create a nice focal point in a room and are an excellent topic of conversation.



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