Staircase Designs and Landings

Staircase Designs and Landings

Staircase Designs and Landings The term ‘landing’ traditionally describes the area created by extended treads at a point where there is a turn in the staircase, but is also used to describe the part of an upstairs hallway immediately adjacent to the staircase. Where landings form an integral part of the staircase their construction will be similar to the rest of the stairs. Although, there are occasions when they will have been built as part of the structure of the house, particularly where they form short hallways between separate flights of stairs.

Landings perform several different functions. Where space is limited they may be installed to allow the stairs to change direction. They may also be installed into the staircase purely as a design feature, forming a visual break to the run of the stairs. The landing of your staircase is a good place to establish the décor of your home.

The upstairs landing is the first place you arrive at when you reach the top of the stairs and it leads on to the other rooms. As such it can be used to good effect either to set the tone for the decoration in adjacent rooms or to offer a contrast.

Generally people match landing and downstairs hallway decoration, but not always. Victorian houses often have large windows that give good natural light to landings and stairways, something that can tend to be lacking in newer properties.

If your landing is dark, try brightening the colour scheme and installing additional light fixtures. A more radical approach would be to make an opening in a bulkhead wall to allow more light in.


Landing Types

There are different types of landing for each kind of ‘turn’ in staircases with more than one flight. A quarter space landing is the most common, which is where the second flight continues up at right angles. A quarter space landing is a small square landing, equal in width to the stairs. Half space landings allow a-180° turn in the flights and their length is equal to two flights. A variation of these two is the half-turn open-well staircase with two quarter space landings. This allows for a 180° turn but over three flights, often with a shorter flight between two landings. The least common is a flying landing where the stairs continue straight. In between landings and steps are winders, which are really extended, wedge-like steps that describe a short turn at the top of a staircase.


Safety Advice

Like those on the main staircase, for safety reasons balusters on landings are subject to building regulations. They must be no less than 900mm (2ft 11-½ in) high. The gap between each baluster should also be small enough so that a 100mm (4in) ball cannot pass through them at any point. Older properties are not subject to these rules but if handrails and balusters are being replaced then you will need to comply.

15. December 2010 by admin
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