Home Journal - April 2017



"He's gaining height

From a simple flight of steps leading to the next floor, the staircase has become a decorative element in its own right. By Caroline Wietzel

Straight, quarter-turn or spiral, the shape of a staircase is chosen first and foremost according to the space available in the room. It takes up at least four to six square meters! The straight, quarter-turn staircase (with a 90° turn) takes up the most floor space (6m2), but it has one advantage: you can create storage or an office area under the steps. A double-quarter-turn staircase (with a 180° angle and intermediate landing or not) takes up less space on the first floor, but requires more space (approx. 4m2) for the hopper (open space in the ceiling) on the first floor. If you're cramped for space, opt for a spiral staircase (with a minimum diameter of 140 cm). Self-supporting, they take up less space, but are less pleasant to use, especially with young children, and not very practical when you need to lift a large object, such as a laundry basket. For your staircase to be comfortable, it should be at least 80 cm wide (the equivalent of a standard door), with fifteen or so steps 21 to 32 cm deep and 17 to 21 cm high. Climbing higher becomes more tiring. Unless you need to lighten your staircase or preserve the room's luminosity, opt for a model with risers for greater safety.

BRIGHT. The staircase in waxed concrete plays on shades of green (Trefoil and Thyme) and a dozen LEDs recessed into the wall to illuminate itself. A handrail secures the passage. Marius Aurenti."

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