How To Fit A Curved Stair Into Your Space

On May 9, 2018 by Jack Dawson

Curved stairs are nice to look at, aren’t they? They are not even boring to climb because there is that sense of mystery. What might you find on the next curve? These are perfect for people that love to create illusions or play with people’s minds.

It is important to note, though, that curved stairs take a square floor space in comparison with other types of stairs. What you want is a square space that is large enough to accommodate a beautiful and elegant curved stair. If you need to get the space narrowed up and tightened, you need some serious math skills.

Your stairs will not look very elegant with a tighter radius and you will need the railings to be handcrafted. This calls for more money.

More Of What You Need To Know

You might need to work with experts here unless building stairs is your area of expertise. There are precise measurements that are needed here. For one, you need to figure out how many steps you will need.

Figuring Out The Number Of Treads

Curved Stair

  • You need your exact rise, that is, from one floor to the next (finished flooring included). Divide that by your ideal riser height. (See why you need the experts? This is a lot of math!)
  • In order to get the total number of rising, you must round up or round down ( high riser/ low riser).

The number of treads is very important because fewer treads mean less floor space. Floor space is always needed, so less might be the way to go. Now, your tread count, less 1, gives you the number of risers you need.

Whether your staircase will be free standing or wall supported, curved stairs bring a sense of the dramatic to your space. They also fit in well in homes and in offices and can be made from a variety of materials, from wood to wrought iron to glass. The right firm will give you stairs that are stunning and that will fit perfectly in your personal space, especially if you go for custom made ones.


Curved stairs can use a variety of stringers:

  • Open riser single stringer
  • Double stringer
  • Side stringers – These are often found on the outside of the treads like on traditional stairs.

Advantages Of Curved Stairs

Advantages Of Curved Stairs

  • They add to the resale value of your home, therefore making it a smart investment.
  • They add a level of sophistication to your home.
  • They adapt to space since they can be twisted and turned to fit the style of any room.


Disadvantages Of Curved Stairs

  • They require specialized skill.
  • They are rather steep – People with special needs like the elderly would find them bothersome.
  • They are not cheap to make.
  • The spiral movement of the stairs can make some people dizzy.

The bottom line is, you cannot DIY with curved stairs because they need specialized skills, but they bring some very great advantages to the table like increasing the value of your property, as well as making your home look sophisticated.

One Response to “How To Fit A Curved Stair Into Your Space”

  • Curved stairs don’t look nice in houses, which are designed in minimalistic style

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