Curved stairs can be elegant, beautiful, and functional. We design stairs which are curved from bottom to top as well as stairs which only curve a bit.
There are many manufacturers who sell prefab spiral stairs which work well in certain circumstances. The most common mistake, with those stairs, is to make them too small in diameter, especially in a high traffic location. We are often asked to replace spiral stairs which are too narrow, with a conventional run of stairs during renovations.
Curved stairs can be breathtaking in their engineering beauty. They can also be some of the most expensive to build. If you are looking for a show stopping stair, a curved stair might be the ticket.
Photos by Rob Karosis