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Best Loft Conversion Stairs Ideas

What you do with your loft conversion stairs is an integral part of any attic conversion build. Where you place them, the best use of the space, compliance with Building Regulations and how to make the staircase a feature are all essential considerations.

If you’re using a specialist loft conversion company, this will all be something you can discuss in detail so you can get the best possible outcome for your loft conversion stairs. Meantime, here are some top factors to think about.

Building Regulations for Loft Conversion Stairs

Above all else, your loft conversion stairs ideas need to comply with Building Regulations.

For starters, the opening must have enough headroom clearance. In order to comply with Building Regulations for head height, the space needs to be 1.9m at the centre of the stair width and 1.8m at the sides.

There are also regulations regarding the width and height of the risers (the steps) and the pitch of the stairs, which must not be any steeper than 42 degrees, unless you’re using a space saver staircase. If you are using a space saver staircase, then the converted loft can usually only be used for one habitable room.

You’ll also need to comply with Building Regulations regarding the opening of your stairs into the new room, as this can affect the structure of your home, as well as fire safety rules.

Where to Place Loft Conversion Stairs

There are several ways to place loft conversion stairs within your new attic conversion.

  • Over existing stairs: this is a great option for saving as much space as possible within your loft conversion and the rest of your home. You will not lose headroom or floor space this way.
  • Within another room: where it’s not possible to place a staircase over an existing one, another option is to take some room from a room on the first floor to site the new loft conversion stairs.
  • Space-saving stairs: as a last resort, if space is of the essence, space-saving stairs can be used to access a loft conversion.

However, they are unpopular with building inspectors due to the difficulty of navigating the alternate treads. They will only allow you to create one habitable room within your loft, so you need to bear this in mind.

How to Make a Feature of your Attic Stairs

It’s not all about the practicalities of loft conversion stairs. You can also have some fun with your designs and make a feature out of them. For example, have you considered a glass balustrade? Not only will this look chic and stylish, but it will also allow plenty of light to flow through into your new room and the rooms below.

Alternatively, why not choose a striking carpet for your stairs? A striped carpet, for example, will make the stairs stand out, both within your new attic conversion and on the floor below. You could even mix and match, using a plain carpet on the landing and within the loft conversion, and a striped or patterned carpet on the stairs.

Still Have Questions Regarding your Loft Conversion Stairs?

If you still have questions regarding your loft conversion staircase, talk to the experts at Bespoke Lofts. As experienced loft conversion specialists, we have plenty of experience with both the practicalities and the beauty of loft conversion stairs, so feel free to get in touch and let us design your new loft conversion complete with the stairway of your dreams.

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