If you want a no-nonsense staircase with straight lines in the minimum footprint, then a switchback stair design might be the perfect choice. Also called U-shaped or scissor stairs, switchback stairs have at least two flights of steps that are positioned 180 degrees from each other with a landing between them.
The Genius Behind the Switchback
With switchback stairs, you can achieve the smallest footprint for a staircase, using a similar area to a very tight spiral stair. Instead of having one long staircase, scissor stairs involve shorter flights that stack over the other. Different to the long straight lines of a straight flight, the switchback stair is often the better shape for an internal fit-out plan.
Our design process
Active Metal is committed to delivering the best results when it comes to the installation of switchback stairs. That’s why we use advanced design and engineering techniques to ensure that you get the highest level of craftsmanship possible. Expect a smart, sophisticated design that is safe and functional when you choose to work with our experienced team.
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What are the benefits of switchback stairs?
Switchback stairs have a number of benefits that make them a smart choice. First, they are one of the easiest stair designs to install in a small space. Second, they provide for a more interesting aesthetic than standard 90° staircases. Finally, you can incorporate landing platforms throughout the structure to make it easier to navigate and rest.
How much space do you need for switchback stairs?
For switchback stairs, you will need enough room for at least two flights of steps facing 180° from each other with a landing platform in between them. This stair design is well suited to smaller spaces and can work really well in offices, warehouses and retail stores. Our expert team can design and install a custom fit for your building based on your needs and style preferences.
What materials can switchback staircases be made from?
You can make switchback stairs from a variety of different materials. These days, professional engineers will use a combination of timber, steel and glass. Based on your particular requirements and preferences, a custom design can be created that matches your vision. An expert team will be well versed in using a range of materials to achieve the best results in terms of aesthetics, functionality and safety.