Smallest footprint stairs I have found

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Smallest footprint stairs I have found

Postby loaderman » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:47 am

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Re: Smallest footprint stairs I have found

Postby rowerwet » Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:29 pm

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/ ... stair.aspx
popular mechanics had an article about how to built these years ago, my dad used it to build a staircase that fit into a small closet to get to the attic.
a comparison of different stairs
http://smallscalehomes.blogspot.com/201 ... small.html
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Re: Smallest footprint stairs I have found

Postby bdosborn » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:46 pm

Fixed the link:

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Re: Smallest footprint stairs I have found

Postby loaderman » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:35 am

Thanks for fixing the link! :thumbsup:

Alternating tread take up a little over 1/2 the length of a regular stair.
Circular stairs take up a square or round area about 6' by 6'.

This design only needs 39" by 39"'.
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Re: Smallest footprint stairs I have found

Postby rebapuck » Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:57 pm

I've seen pictures of boat cabins with the alternating stairs. I thought they looked neat and figured they saved space. But seeing the drawing in the link, I wonder about the space saving. Why can the treads not go all the way across at the same spacing? It would eliminate the correct foot start.
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Re: Smallest footprint stairs I have found

Postby angib » Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:27 pm

The point about alternating tread stairs is that, once you are used to them, you can go down them facing forwards, unlike a ladder type.

One of the nicest ideas to steal from boatbuilding is to make a steep vertical staircase (so can only be used facing into the stairs) with a drawer built in between each stair. Here's an example at normal steepness:

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Re: Smallest footprint stairs I have found

Postby rebapuck » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:35 pm

Now I see. The alternating step allows the full tread of the lower step to be exposed.
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