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Stairs: make the right choice not to miss the step

The central artery of the house, the staircase is an element of decoration and architecture in its own right. It is by playing on shapes and materials that you will find the model that suits you and will fit your interior. Whatever your budget and expectations, there are certain factors that should not be overlooked. For an aesthetic staircase, functional and practical, HandymanDuDimanche invites you this week to discover what is best in this area.

Safety first!

Safety first!

Slip, loss of balance, problem of laces or failed walk, on the stairs, a fall quickly arrived. Between scratches, fractures and sometimes even head trauma, we are never immune to a domestic accident. To minimize the risks, it is essential to privilege safety in the choice of our staircase. Simply indispensable, railings and other guardrails should not be evaded for aesthetic reasons. These supports that offer more comfort to children but also to the elderly must have a minimum height of about one meter to meet the standards. The quality of the markets is also decisive for safety. Their spacing must be regular, their size identical and comfortable, and their non-slip material. Artificial or natural, the light must illuminate the staircase day and night, to allow climbers to visualize their space.

Choose your stairs according to your needs.

There are different models of stairs, the most represented in our homes are straight stairs, mill ladders, rotating stairs and circular stairs. Miller ladders, steep and without large protections or risers, are to be reserved for occasional uses or to connect rooms not frequented like a cellar, an attic or a mezzanine. Cheap, these stairs are available from 50 euros. The straight staircases, used to make the connection between two levels by a straight line, are the simplest to conceive. To be pleasant to practice they require a large space of recoil. However, it is possible to reduce their size by dividing them into two parts via a landing. Armed with a railing, these stairs are perfectly adapted to distribute the floors of the house. Their price range starts from 300 euros. The revolving staircases, which, as their name indicates, turn, but not in a circular manner, are generally installed in the corner of two walls or in the recesses of three walls. They can turn at half or quarter of their level, with or without risers. Count 450 euros minimum for a wooden model. The circular staircases may be centrally centered, spirally rotating about an axis or helical, spiraling around a central day. Elegant and aerial, these stairs are reserved for secondary uses because of their potential dangerousness. Count 500 euros for the first prices in wood. For main and daily use, it is better to opt for straight or rotating stairs, equipped with wide and balanced steps, risers, and of course safety ramps.

The choice of materials.

The choice of materials

In stone, wood, concrete, glass or metal, all combinations are permitted. For a traditional, classic and warm look, wood remains the most used material, with some novelties on the side of exotic woods. For a touch of design and industrial, the metal staircase (steel, wrinkled sheet...) are currently a great success. Let's regret, however, that their contact is cold and rigid. Transparent and trendy, the glass produces a vertiginous effect but presents significant risks of slipping, coupled with a restrictive maintenance. Raw and contemporary concrete plays the card of simplicity despite a heavy weight. Timeless and solid the stone decorates with care the charming interiors of the old buildings.

To find the ideal staircase, HandymanDuanche advises you to match it with the style of your interior. You can also decorate it with lights and colors by installing spots or diodes on the sides of your steps. Or deviate from its original use by transforming this place of passage into a comfortable place to live and linger!

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