There is an elegance to multi-level home plans. In addition to the outward appearance of having a taller structure, it can also be helpful for sectioning off different spaces for living, working and entertaining.

As you’re in the early stages of planning your own multi-level floor plan, one of the key structural questions is how you’ll get from one floor to the next. The right stairway can be both functional and serve as a statement piece for your dream home. Here are a few of the options you can consider.

 

 

Curved

A curved staircase is a definite statement piece that is almost always located in the entryway of a home. With its elegant curve up around a semi-circular path, this design is timeless.

Because of the space requirements and logistics involved, these staircases do tend to be both more challenging to build and more costly. If you plan to include a curved staircase in your home, you’ll want to account for it from the very earliest stages of planning.

 

Straight

By contrast, the straight staircase is usually the most common, affordable, and functional for short flights. This straightforward design involves a simple, clean-cut flight of rectangular steps. Because of their uniform and stable design, they’re not only easy to build — they are also very easy to climb up and down.

If you’re planning a staircase that has to span a significant height, you’ll need to add a landing. This adds length, which can often be less than space-efficient. This leads us to our next type of stairs.

 

U-shaped

U-shaped or half landing stairs are built in two segments, usually at a 90- or 180-degree angle to each other, connected by a landing. This is the default for tall office buildings and hotels due to its compact design. The more floors added to a building, the more efficient U-shaped stairways become.

These stairs are more challenging to build that simple straight stairways, so you’ll want to be sure that the needs of your space truly justify it.

 

Spiral

A classic spiral staircase winds up in a tight circular pattern. You often see small versions of these leading up to a loft, while larger versions might make a statement in courthouses and libraries. The small spiral staircases can be both compact and easy to install, making them a good option for tight corners.

Because of their intense curvature, these stairs can be more challenging to navigate. You’ll want to keep that in mind before using them as the only major way to move between floors.

 

And many more…

These are not the only types of stairway structures available to you. There are variations on many of them available. For example, winder staircases combine the structure of half landing stairs with the shape of curved stairs, and bifurcated stairs are an elegant take on straight stairways.

Not sure which kind is going to be best for your space needs? Walgrove can help you plan it all out!