Known for its spiral design, the spiral staircase has a helical structure whose circular shape is centered around a central axis (column or pillar). This model is ideal for those who have little space and need a vertical circulation for the transition of the environments.
There are two types of spiral staircase. The most requested one is the complete snail in which there is no closing in the central axis, that is, it is totally closed, if viewed from the top. The semicaracol is characterized by the incomplete circle, leaving the visual lighter and clean in the environment.
What are the disadvantages of the spiral staircase?
Although it takes up less space and if well worked, to be aesthetically attractive, the snail ladder has some disadvantages that must be taken into account:
The design of the ladder should be very well calculated to allow a more comfortable circulation. Otherwise, it will make it difficult for the elderly and children to pass through. Distance between steps and span should be considered
Displacement of objects
The movement of furniture between one floor and another is much more limited when there is only access through a spiral staircase. Therefore the preference for furniture that can be disassembled and assembled later.
Main materials used in the construction of snail stairs
Basically, the snail ladder can be found in 6 different materials, among them, iron, which is the most common and can be budgeted to suit different designs. Another option is the concrete, also recommended for the external areas, being a resistant and prefabricated option to insert in the residence. The glass models use the transparent material on the steps, with metallic support for the structure. Besides these, aluminum and stainless steel are another option to work with light and modern material.
Other tips on the spiral staircase
Before starting your project with the spiral staircase, it is important to consider the minimum dimension for installation of the staircase. For better comfort and safety on the step, a dimension between 60cm and 90cm is recommended. The height of the step will depend on the right foot that the ladder needs to reach, but usually the appropriate space is 22 cm between each step. The span is at your discretion - it can be circular or square. Remember to leave a free space to slide your hands over the banister.
The use of the snail ladder should be well planned for it to bring benefits and to make a harmonious composition in the chosen environment. Therefore, accurate measurements, location and materials chosen are key to a successful implementation.
75 ideas of spiral staircase in the construction of houses for you to check
Are you in doubt how to install a snail ladder in your home? Check out in our special gallery below, 75 amazing models with precious tips and inspiration here:
Picture 1 - The ladder iron snail is the traditional model, where it is possible to give color to the structure and to cover the steps in wood.
Picture 2 - Be inspired by a snail staircase design that looks like a work of art.
Picture 3 - Snail staircase in a more futuristic look with striking curves for a modern design.
Picture 4 - For a classic look, use a floor of the same color as the wooden staircase.
Picture 5 - The bodyguard of this spiral staircase is finished in wood blond freijó, that helped to leave the more contemporary environment.
Picture 6 - For a modern look stainless steel is a material that values the environment.
Picture 7 - A modern residence calls for an elegant snail staircase and with high quality materials.
Picture 8 - To balance the bold design of the ladder, the option is to insert a color that camouflages in the environment.
Picture 9 - It is possible to play with a composition of steps that form an original drawing in the spiral staircase.
Image 10 - Spiral staircase with glass cupboard.
Image 11 - Small spiral staircase with limited space for passage.
Picture 12 - Black snail ladder: the differential is on the metal step that works as an anti-slip.
Picture 13 - White snail ladder with side guard closed.
Image 14 - Spiral staircase designed for loft construction.
Image 15 - The semicaracol model is indicated for a project with lower right foot.
Image 16 - The light visual is given by the area that it occupies, without narrowing and with the more extensive step.
Image 17 - Iron snail staircase.
Image 18 - Snail ladder red and striking in metallic structure for a neutral environment.
Picture 19 - Spiral staircase in the kitchen with integrated environments to connect with the second floor.
Image 20 - White snail ladder with metallic body guard.
Picture 21 - Staircase with steps.
Image 22 - The wood is ideal for indoor use.
Picture 23 - For a unique and modern look, invest in a bodyguard with a distinctive design.
Picture 24 - The glass bodyguard takes more neutrality to the environment.
Image 25 - With the lateral closed, and ladder gained more prominence in the environment.
Image 26 - Snail staircase with wooden bodyguard.
Image 27 - The aluminum model is ideal to remember the look of iron, but with a lower cost.
Image 28 - For a practical and economical option, it is worth investing in a precast concrete model.
Image 29 - Iron models are often more expensive, but the durability and look are great for the environment.
Image 30 - Spiral staircase to a small place.
Image 31 - Matte metallic painting on the side snail staircase with wooden steps.
Image 32 - Non-regular drawing for a snail ladder.
Image 33 - To give a differentiated detail in the staircase, insert lighting points in the step.
Picture 34 - To connect the external area: spiral staircase with metal with bright paint and closed side.
Image 35 - Concrete snail ladder for a construction that takes the material into its structure.
Image 36 - Play with the guardrail, leaving the architecture of the ladder with more prominence.
Image 37 - Snail ladder designed to hold the same material as the floor, forming a continuity.
Picture 38 - Another example that uses the same material of the floor in the steps of the stairs.
Image 39 - Making a mix of materials is a sign of modernity and elegance in the environment.
Image 40 - Staircase white snail to connect the upper outer area or terrace.
Image 41 - The grand launch of this ladder was to insert shelves throughout the structure.
Picture 42 - Even with a simple design, the ladder composed perfectly in the proposal.
Picture 43 - With the great extension of the step it is possible to store books in each step.
Image 44 - Snail staircase with metallic body guard and white structure.
Image 45 - Metallic bodyguard and glass steps in this snail staircase.
Image 46 - The design of the step was the differential of the staircase.
Picture 47 - The stainless steel finish can compose with various types of materials in the step and handrail.
Image 48 - Ladder with steps in material and side structure in black color.
Image 49 - Let the ladder be the center in the decoration of the environment.
Picture 50 - Snail staircase with detail in the wooden handrail and floor that follows the same material of the first floor.
Image 51 - Spiral staircase designed for a mezzanine .
Image 52 - Colorful snail stair model.
Image 53 - To create the cool look, bet in color and finish the concrete on the stairs.
Picture 54 - Another example of a staircase that connects with 3 floors.
Image 55 - For those who like to transform the environment, a colorful staircase is a great idea.
Image 56 - The design of the staircase deserves attention, its shape and color left the environment in complete harmony with the rest of the decoration.
Image 57 - It is worth to mix the stainless steel with glass that take greater sustentation without taking the highlight of the material.
Image 58 - In this staircase, a wide span was used between each step.
Image 59 - Snail staircase with wooden steps.
Image 60 - Optimize space and create niches on the steps to support books and decorative objects.
Image 61 - Black metallic snail staircase model.
Image 62 - Wide wooden staircase.
Image 63 - Detail for the painting that refers to the wood finish.
Image 64 - Metal structure and floor that follows the pattern of the pavement.
Image 65 - Staircase snail in isolated environment in glass structure.
Image 66 - Spiral staircase with protection and guardrail in metal bars.
Image 67 - Narrow spiral staircase to take up little space at its base.
Image 68 - Large ladder model with wooden steps and white lateral structure.
Image 69 - Snail staircase in environment with red striking.
Image 70 - White metal snail staircase for a modern construction.
Image 71 - Single concrete snail ladder.
Picture 72 - Already this model, makes the connection in 3 floors.
Image 73 - Wide spiral staircase fixed to the structure of the residence: similar to a conventional staircase, with ample room for circulation.
Image 74 - Snail model minimalistic snail: here, the use of thin-thin steps.
Image 75 - Leaked side structure with copper finish gives modernity to this spiral staircase design positioned on the side of the glass-walled building.