Classical and richly decorated staircases have fallen out of fashion in recent years. Minimalist shelf stairs are becoming a hot and desirable trend. And all this is due to their simple and functional design. Shelf stairs are a solution that will provide us with a modern, delicate and space-saving staircase that will complement the entire arrangement of our apartment with its innovative appearance.
Shelf stairs – how to make the structure?
To begin with, let’s start with the very characteristics of shelf stairs. This type of staircase is the complete opposite of classic solutions, which, as a rule, take up a lot of space. Shelf stairs are nothing more than steps, whether granite, marble or wood, attached to the wall with metal rods. The whole design makes shelf stairs look as if they are hanging in the air. However, their whole secret lies in the construction, which must be properly and accurately executed to ensure the safety, stability and durability of our stairs. The basis for the construction will be adequate knowledge and ability to calculate the load-bearing capacity of the walls.
First of all, we must bear in mind that the wall to which the shelf stairs will be attached should have the appropriate thickness. The installation of the steps will allow us to have a wall with a minimum thickness of 24 cm, but in some cases the wall should be even stronger, since this type of staircase does not have any additional supports in addition to its structure. Regimental stairs will be mounted to a special metal bench using rods placed inside the steps. The bench must already be placed in the structure of the house. To guarantee the best possible stability, we can drill the wall so as to anchor the rods through its entire thickness.
Stone on the stairs. Granite or marble steps?
Natural stone on stairs is a solution not only durable and long-lasting, but also very visually appealing. Also in the case of shelf stairs it will be an excellent choice.
The most common choice falls on granite. The extraordinary durability, strength and resistance to mechanical damage of granite make it an ideal material for stairs, which are definitely a demanding place in our house. In addition, the low absorbability of granite and its resistance to weather conditions mean that we can also make outdoor stairs from this material. With this solution, we can ensure consistency of composition, both inside and outside our house. Shelf stairs made of granite are also a lot of visual possibilities, because granite is a material that we can freely and in many ways process.
The ideal choice for arrangements decorated in an elegant and chic way will be marble. Shelf stairs made of marble will decorate our living room, adding a prestigious touch. Marble can also successfully decorate our floors, which will make them create a cohesive image with the stairs.
Shelf stairs price
We often associate modern and innovative solutions with a high price, but in the case of shelf stairs it is completely different! With a simple and additive-free design, shelf stairs are often a cheaper solution than classic stairs, because in this case we have to pay only for the material from which the steps will be made. In the case of stone, it will be our main cost.
The price for a shelf staircase can really vary, as many factors affect the final cost. Each project should be treated individually, so for a detailed quote you should go to the stonemason. First of all, the price will be determined by the material we choose. In the case of stone, we have a really huge price range, which means that we can bet on an expensive stone, which at the same time will raise the entire price for the stairs. We can also choose a cheaper type of stone, which will provide us with a beautiful and durable staircase at an attractive price. Other aspects to consider will be the construction itself, the number of steps or their thickness. We also have to reckon with additional costs for possible decorations, unusual additions or special finishing.