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The double height foyer features a traditional staircase lighted by an elegant chandelier.Trulia

The staircase looks classy as well with its stylish handrails and hardwood floors.Trulia

The entrance to Anna Faris' Hollywood home is filled by a lot of refreshing green plants and trees while the stairway shows the beauty of her mid-century estate.Trulia

Transitional half-turn staircase.Photo by Martha O'Hara Interiors - Discover staircase design inspiration

Transitional staircase with built-in shelf.Photo by De Rosee Sa - Look for staircase pictures

Mediterranean 180-degree turn staircase.Photo by AlphaStudio Design Group - Look for staircase design inspiration

Farmhouse staircase with built-in shelf.Photo by Nicola O’Mara Interior Design - More staircase photos

Contemporary straight staircase and tiled floor.Photo by WERK | Building Modern - Search staircase design ideas

Contemporary staircase with built-in shelves.Photo by MARC - Browse staircase photos

Contemporary half-turn staircase.Photo by MF Architecture - Look for staircase pictures

Contemporary quarter-turn staircase.Photo by Douglas Design Studio - Discover staircase design inspiration

Beach-style straight staircase.Photo by Dennis Moffitt Painting - Browse staircase photos

This walkway with staircase can be a perfect spot for morning walk.Trulia

The mansion's outdoor is even beautiful when it's night time.Trulia

The dining set keeps it mid-century style as well with the wooden dining set with a vintage portrait wall decor while the ceiling light is modern.Trulia

Craftman straight-style staircase.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Rustic circular staircase.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Rustic quarter-turn style staircase.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Rustic straight-style staircase.Source: Zillow DigsTM

Rustic straight-style staircase.Source: Zillow DigsTM

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Spanning various styles and materials, we’ll take a look at staircases that may wow, inspire, or excite you. Others may bore you, irk you, or leave you feeling dissatisfied. Whether you’re looking for a modern staircase, minimalist staircase, spiral staircase, or contemporary staircase ideas WL Green Place has you covered.

It’s only when you stop to look at the individual elements of the staircase that you can begin to decipher your responses to it. How is it constructed? What elements are showcased? What parts are minimized? What are the building materials used?

As a short primer, some terminology can be helpful.

As you know, staircases are made up of steps. Steps, in turn, are usually made up of a tread – where your foot lands – and risers – the vertical portion between the treads.

Supporting the treads and risers are what are called “stringers”, typically one on each side. Stringers hold up the treads and risers.

The balustrade, or railing system, is the system of handrails (banisters) and spindles (balusters) that keeps people from falling over the edge.

Beyond this, there are many other components of a staircase – present in some, and missing in others – that make up its design.

Let’s take a look at a sampling of some staircases. You can decide which ones work for you, and which ones don’t. Keep in mind that the context of a staircase is just as important as the staircase itself.

Main parts of a staircase

Parts of a staircase illustrated chart

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Types of Stairs

Types of staircases diagram

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As you research and look at many staircase photos and designs, you’ll quickly notice that there are not many different types of stairs.

The following are the main types of stairs:

  • Straight stairs;
  • Quarter-turn;
  • Half-turn;
  • Three-quarter turn;
  • 180 degree turn;
  • Circular;
  • Winding;
  • Spiral; and
  • Bifurcated.

Stair Materials

For the home, most stairs are built with wood, but some are glass, steel or even concrete.

As for the step material, wood, carpet, laminate, concrete and glass are the main materials. I’m partial to carpet on the stairs, not because it looks best, but because it’s soft and offers additional grip. Hardwood surface stairs, while they look amazing, can be deadly. Besides, we have young kids and I’m much more comfortable with them on our carpeted stairs than our hardwood stairs.

If you have hardwood stairs and have the same concerns, you can easily install a carpet runner which can look great. You see the hard wood on the side of the carpet. It’s a nice effect and very practical.