If you’re thinking about converting your loft space this year, one of the many major decisions you will have to make is in regards to your staircase. You’ll need to ensure that the staircase you choose satisfies building regulations as well as looking good and suiting your budget. The simple answer is to install a traditional flight of stairs; these comply with building regulations and are an all round good choice. However, sometimes space doesn’t allow for this type of staircase.
Loft Conversion Stairs and The Law
Fire safety is a primary consideration when designing your loft conversion. If there isn’t enough room for a full staircase in your home you may be able to use a space saving options. However, retractable stairs or ladders won’t be substantial enough. The recommended headroom at the top of the staircase to your loft is 1.8 – 2 meters. However, for specific information regarding loft conversion stair regulations contact your local authority. If you’re hiring a professional loft conversion company, they will be able to give you further advice on building regulations.
Fashion and Function
Staircases for loft conversions can come in spiral designs. Spiral staircases are a desirable and quirky design but in reality, they just aren’t that practical! Imagine lugging a bed, chest of drawers or a wardrobe up them. They also are often one of the most expensive options for staircases.
A floating-step staircase is a very modern and interesting option. Although if you have young children it’s probably not a good idea. They might look good but safety isn’t ideal.
If you want something simpler, a standard staircase could be the answer.You can personalise the style by choosing different materials. For a contemporary look, go for metal, perspex or even solid glass steps if you want a really unique design.
Once you have decided on the type of stairs, you will need to consider if you are going to be going with bespoke or a ready-made staircase. The ready-made option is generally cheaper, however depending on the complexities of the project you may be forced to pay for a bespoke design to ensure that it fits properly and provides adequate safety.
When you’re choosing your staircase remember to utilise the space beneath the stairs. If you think about this in your planning stage you can be sure to make the most out of your space.
Rough price guide
This will obviously depending on the quality and scale of the project, but on average, a traditional flight of stairs for your loft conversion will cost between £700 and £1,000, with spiral staircases costing more like £1,000 to £2,000. Whilst this might seem a lot, when you consider the average loft conversion costs £20,000 to £30,000 all together, it isn’t so bad!