Before getting into types of stair treads, first, let’s understand What is stair tread? The treads of stairs are the horizontal parts that people step on.
The fundamental aspect found in buildings enabling access comes in different types of staircases designs and tastes. Some are a sight to behold. Others are as basic as their sole use, designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances known as steps.
As far as types of stair treads are concerned, there are various types, designs, and styles that exist. Here is the list of prominent 6 types of stair treads. The article has also included 8 types of stairs just for inspiration.
6 Types of Stair Treads
- Wood Treads
- Glass Treads
- Tile Treads
- Composite Treads
- Stone Treads
- Steel Treads
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8 Types of Stairs
- Straight Stairs
- L Shaped (quarter-turn stairs)
- U Shaped Stairs
- Spiral Stairs
- Curved Stairs
- Cantilever Stairs
- Winder Stairs
- Split Staircase
Let’s get into details of each type of stairs.
#1 Straight Stairs
What are straight stairs?
Straight stairs feature a single linear flight with no change in direction. Straight stairs are most common type of stairs used in homes and commercial establishments.
#2 L Shaped (quarter-turn stairs)
In this design, the stairs make a 90-degree turn at some point, going left or right after a landing.
#3 U Shaped Stairs
If you’ve ever promised yourself you’d take the stairs every day at your office, you’ve seen this back-to-basics style. The bend is taken even further to form a full U shape, and similar to the L-shaped staircase, a landing separates the two parallel flights.
#4 Spiral Stairs
A compact design centered around a single pole, so that if you looked at it from above, it would form a perfect circle. Something to consider: A spiral staircase’s narrow wedge-shaped treads aren’t the easiest to traverse.
#5 Curved Stairs
Unlike winder or L-shaped staircases, a curved style has no landings. Instead, the stairs are continuous, following the bend of the banister to make a striking architectural statement.
#6 Cantilever Stairs
What are cantilever stairs?
Cantilevered stairs, or floating stairs, are a type of staircase. A cantilever is a beam, which is anchored at only one end. Thus cantilevered stairs have a “floating” appearance, and they may be composed of different materials, such as wood, glass, stone, or stainless steel. Cantilever stairs are considered safe. ( Source: Wikipedia )
#7 Winder Stairs
The slightly more complicated sister to the L-shaped staircase. A set of winders—treads that are wider on one side than the other—takes the place of the landing to save space.
#8 Split Staircase ( Bifurcated Staircase & Split Level Staircase )
The grandest of them all – bifurcated stairs include one sweeping set of steps that splits off into two smaller flights going in opposite directions.
Split Level Staircase