Interesting Tips to Choose your Stairs!


More than just a structure for going up and down, stairs can take on special prominence in environments.

These stairs can come in two forms: as a structural element that is part of the construction, or as an element that respects function, but with a more decorative or even sculptural character, making the space aesthetically more appealing, different and with style.

We know that in the world of architecture, details make all the difference!


Choosing the right staircase gives the space the fluidity of the concept chosen for decoration. You must pay attention to the proportion of this element so as not to be out of scale, either by excess or defect.

Depending on the type of staircase, you can use the space under it to create a decorative touch in the environment.

Types of Stairs

There are numerous solutions for stairs depending on the types of compartments and functions. Spiral staircases, recessed, suspended and some that combine function with storage, among others.

In multi-storey houses

For townhouses and houses with more than one level, the ideal is to use wooden stairs – the conventional ones, where the steps are joined and there are no gaps between them.

This is an elegant ladder, easy to repair and with excellent cost-benefit ratio. The main care is to ensure constant maintenance to avoid the attack of termites or the action of humidity.

For lofts or commercial leases

The indicated is the use of stairs with metallic structures. That’s because, aesthetically, the industrial style matches perfectly with this type of space.

Metals painted in gray or black will be great to contrast with walls of raw concrete or burnt cement, creating an absolutely interesting contrast for the spaces.

For duplex

The indication for Duplex is the use of spiral stairs. These stairs are narrower and guarantee an important gain of space for the floor where they are installed. In addition, they are models that contribute perfectly to the modern decoration of spaces.

Materials used in Stairs

Stairs can be materialized using different types of materials, from conventional wood, granite to metal or glass, combining different finishes.

The guardrails must accompany the image of your stairs, either in a more classic or more irreverent way. Here, too, the variety of aesthetic and material solutions is practically endless.

There are still cases in which guardrails are non-existent, giving up security and promoting a more refined and daring aesthetic.

Tips for the perfect choice of your home

Check that the model maintains a safe distance to the walls, avoiding scratches, and that the steps can be chosen in quantity and distance from one to the other;

Consider the following measures: 60 cm for the minimum step width; between 27 and 30 cm for the floor area; between 15 and 19 cm for the height of the steps; between 30 and 35 degrees of inclination with respect to the floor (more than that can be a risk for children and the elderly);

Safe dimension of the handrail: at least 90 cm high.

If you don’t have a lot of space in your home, a very wise choice is to place the ladder somewhere.

If you also have to connect different floors, you can bet on a staircase with several tranches with intermediate breaks, as you see in the image.

The combination of colors, as well as the steel and glass railing make the space elegant and full of light.

If you have no other choice and need to place your stairs in a narrow corridor, the best advice is to bet on adequate lighting.

It is possible to illuminate the stairs with lights embedded in the wall. Make sure the walls are white to reflect the light and make the space look bigger.

Storage solutions are a classic in any home, but when it comes to small houses, the idea becomes even more necessary.

You can place drawers and cupboards to organize all kinds of objects and utensils in the space under the stairs. The advantage is great and you can make a project like this in any style.

We advise the consultation of an architect to design this element, as well as to recommend which type of stairs, and materials that best adapt to your space and your needs.

In compact houses every inch counts and the distribution of space can be a success or a failure.

Seen in this way, the position in which the stairs are placed is also very important since in addition to thinking about aesthetics, it is necessary to find functionality.

For example, stairs can be used to store objects or as a support for gardens. Therefore, you must pay special attention to every detail that will surround your staircase.

Lara Oliveira

We are a graduated team in Architecture and Interior Design with experience in the development and monitoring of Architecture and Decoration projects, rehabilitation, remodeling, material counseling, choice of decorative pieces and others. We are passionate about aesthetics and refined and elegant environments, with a lot of character and personality!