U-shaped staircase to the second floor (60+ photos): stylish designer stairs in the interiors of 2019
Light spacious minimalism
Own home is always good. But sometimes a larger area may be needed to create more comfort. In this case, you can equip the building with one more floor. In this case, the useful area in housing will increase and at the same time such a valuable territory adjacent to the house will not be used. Having chosen this option of expansion, it is worth thinking about the way to move between levels. Of course, the only option for this is a staircase to the second floor. Do not build an elevator for this purpose! Finding the type of stairs you need is not so easy. They differ in shape, material and many other characteristics. The main factors influencing the choice are the dimensions of the room, the further functions of the ladder and the size of the funds that are intended to create it..
Modern hallway interior with mirror
Stylish contrasting interior
Fact! The most common is the U-shaped staircase. It has its own pros and cons. May differ in construction options and, of course, in the manufacturing method.
Let’s consider all these aspects in more detail..
Classic interior with an abundance of wood
Glass and wood go well
The U-shaped staircase gained its popularity due to many positive qualities, of which the following can be noted:
- high safety of movement;
- ease of calculations and assembly;
- have an attractive appearance;
- can be placed in any room;
- have a high level of strength and reliability.
Recently, the expansion of the functions of this structure has become very popular. When calculated and assembled correctly, it can provide additional storage space. We’ll see how to do this later..
Considering the disadvantages of such structures, it is worth paying attention to the fact that such a structure takes up more space in comparison with others, but if it is correctly positioned, you can turn this moment into a plus. It is also important that this variety takes a little more material than other models. But this ensures its strength and operational safety..
Spacious apartments of a private house
Art Nouveau interior
This design has its own characteristics associated primarily with its construction. It is important to observe the angle, which should be 45 °. In this case, it is necessary to determine and observe the most convenient step and the length of the spans..
Note! If the house has residents with musculoskeletal disorders, then this model is most suitable for them. But when creating a project, it is worth considering this fact and calculating the level of inclination so that it is 50 °.
This variety has a wide range of applications. Therefore, various materials are used for its manufacture. For the arrangement of external lifts, iron gangways are most often created, since they are most resistant to external factors and are smaller in size than, for example, stone ones, which, in turn, are excellent for arranging entrances in apartment buildings and public institutions, so how they are able to withstand the heavy load placed on them daily in such places.
Marble in a modern interior
It is pleasant to admire the landscape from a secluded place by the window.
For a living space, a more sophisticated and aesthetic material is needed. Therefore, the most popular in this case is the tree. It is environmentally friendly, easy to process, allows you to fit the structure into any interior, and most importantly, it has an affordable cost compared to glass.
On a note! Glass staircases are an innovation of today. They are made of multi-layer, durable transparent plates. They look great in absolutely any interior, but they are distinguished by their high cost.
Metal with forged elements and patina is suitable for the classics
An abundance of glass is inherent in modern style
By their structure, U-shaped stairs are divided into two types:
- equipped with a platform, which is located at the turning point between the spans;
- equipped with steps instead of a platform that allow you to make a tighter turn.
A small area between the spans increases the already considerable construction area
Important! There are also directions of rotation. If it is provided on the left side, then it is a left-handed design and vice versa. At the right-handed ladder, the turn is provided to the right.
They are also distinguished by the type of steps. Open ones have a distance between the steps, and with a closed model, a special bar is placed in this space. How it is practical to use the feature of closed stairs, we will consider further.
Railings play an important role in creating the aesthetic type. They are a mandatory technical element. Of course, it is possible to install models without them, but such options will have a low level of security. Moreover, they are also the main aesthetic element. The whole appearance of the object depends on their shape and design method..
On a note! The staircase equipped with an invitation step also looks especially impressive. This is the podium, which is located in front of the first step of the first flight..
One of the drawbacks that the designers identified for this type of ladder was the large space that was not used in any way. Modern specialists were able to cope with this. They advise to functionally use this zone. As mentioned above, today it is becoming more and more popular to use it as a storage place. The area that remains underneath can be used profitably. There are several ways to do this..
Country style bookshelf and armchair
Advice! Boxes can be placed in certain steps. Their front part will act as a plank at the closed steps. You can also place cabinets, shelves under the stairs, and even equip an entire pantry..
These can be pull-out segments with shelves or solid shelving. It can be either closed or open. In such places, you can store books, personal belongings and even household appliances, appliances and much more. Also, the space can be used as a place to relax by placing a trestle bed, a small sofa or even a hammock there. There you can also place a small swing for a small child, if necessary..
Minimalism means space
Advice! You can provide this area with natural light through a simple window and equip a green corner there by placing your favorite plants. This is not the whole list of options for how to use this zone. It all depends on your capabilities and preferences.
Of course, in order to make a ladder yourself, you need to have practical experience with raw materials such as wood and own the tools with which it is processed. If you have such experience, then such an object will not bother you at all. And if not, then you can independently develop a project, calculate all the necessary dimensions and develop a design.
Calculation of the U-shaped structure on the second floor
The main thing is to carry out the calculations correctly. They need to start by determining the length of the structure. It is defined as the difference between the height of the ceiling and the floor. The resulting amount is then divided by the number of spans. After that, based on the average step, the size of the steps and their number are determined.
It is important to maintain the correct angle. It should not be less than 45 °. A steeper staircase will be inconvenient to use..
It is advisable to determine the presence of a handrail. Their height should be at least 0.9 m.If you have no experience in the construction of such projects, then consult with a specialist before performing the work..