Tiny houses are all the rage for those looking to save money on housing costs or live a simpler lifestyle. A typical tiny house design features a loft area for sleeping to make the most of space, with a simple ladder used to access the loft. While ladders are great space savers, not every tiny house buyer can climb a ladder, and many simply prefer an easier way of getting to bed each night. Working with a steel fabrication company allows you to design stairs that provide easy access without sacrificing space. Not sure where to start? Many steel fabricators can work with you to plan your design, or check out these six ideas to get you started.
Tansu boxes originate from ancient Japanese culture. They consist of boxes of varying sizes, which can be lined up together to form a staircase. Taking inspiration from this concept, consider a staircase made of storage boxes lined up side-by-side. These metal boxes would be strong enough to form a stable staircase while providing plenty of much-needed storage in your tiny home. While traditional boxes are made of wood, steel provides even greater opportunities because it offers greater strength in less space, making it ideal for a tiny house.
There's no reason that a tiny house staircase needs to conform to traditional form, especially if you are having the stairs custom-fabricated. Save space using a floating design, which consists of treads fastened to the wall to form stairs, supported directly to the wall -- not to the floor -- using heavy-duty steel brackets. A metal handrail connects to each stair but does not extend to the floor. This not only provides a strong staircase but also provides free floor space underneath for storage or other purposes.
Spiral staircases have always served as a classic compact stair design, and they are also ideal for tiny homes.These stairs are aesthetically pleasing and offer unlimited design potential, but don't come with the added storage space found in other traditional staircase designs. Add a simple handrail for kids or extra safety, or eliminate handrails for a more open feel.
If you don't want to waste space, consider a staircase made with alternating treads. This means that the right and left halves of each step won't line up like they would on a standard staircase. Instead, you'll have to step up with each foot as you climb, which could take a while to get used to.
A pivoting staircase is the ultimate space saver and doesn't take up much more space than a spiral staircase. In this design, the stairs slope in one direction, then use a small landing to pivot in the other direction, which means that they can be tucked into fairly tight spaces. Using steel for this type of staircase offers extra strength, and results in a clean, sleek design.
When you're building custom stairs instead of buying off the rack, the sky is the limit in terms of design. Consider fold-away stairs, like those found in an attic, which can be tucked up to loft level when not in use. You can also explore more advanced designs, such as a staircase that folds up against the wall when you're not using them.
For more information about steel fabrication, contact Jackson-Cook Cranes or a similar company.