Valerie Bullock. Staircase Understairs. October 12th , 2018.
'Ideally, a staircase should be at least 80cm wide,' says Mark Dyson. The head room (the height between the level of a tread and the structure immediately above it) needs to be at least 2m, and the maximum pitch for a domestic flight is 42 degrees. Straight flights are limited to 36 consecutive steps. If there are more than 36, the flight should make a change of direction of at least 30 degrees.
Whether indoors or outdoors, a staircase always presents a unique and at times challenging decorating opportunity; and while some people simply choose not to rise to the occasion and leave their staircases bare, the braver amongst us often choose to use our staircases to make bold decorating statements. Depending on your personal style, there are thousands of different and creative ways that you can express yourself utilizing your staircase as a canvas. In reality, the potential decorating options are virtually limitless, and if you are particularly creative, decorating your staircase can be the perfect way to display your talents.
Cloakroom. If you're tired of having to pick your way over discarded bags and coats in the hallway when you get home, think about converting the area under your staircase into a cloakroom. Even if there's only a shallow nook, it's usually sufficient for a few cubby holes with hooks for hats, umbrellas and coats. Try adding some wicker baskets underneath for small items such as scarves, gloves and key rings - you'll find it so much easier to keep everything tidy. If the whole area under the stairs is accessible, consider turning it into a clothes cupboard. Just fit some shelves and hanging rails round the edge to provide useful storage for seasonal clothing, and free up space in your bedroom wardrobe at the same time. This is also a great place to store boots, trainers, gym kits, golf clubs, tennis racquets and ski equipment.
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