The staircase leading to the second floor or the attic of a small cottage should be as compact as possible while convenient and safe. Everybody want it to be beautiful, or at least not to spoil the overall impression of the interior.
Following are the design features and design of stairs for tiny country houses.
1. Screw and swivel
Spiral staircases have a vertical axis around which the steps are located in a spiral. This saves space, and the design, for all its reliability, turns out to be light and airy.
Metal is usually used as a material, less often wood. To not have to suffer from smooth bends, they build spiral ladders with a swivel bowstring. Swivel staircases with winder steps are also compact but take up a little more space – 160×180 cm. When moving along them, a person turns 90 or 180 degrees. Such structures are safer than screw ones, and it is more convenient to climb and descend along with them.
2. Foldable and add-on
Such ladders are otherwise called attic or attic. The essence of the idea: there is a hatch in the ceiling, opening which, a person lowers a folding, a retractable or hinged module from the steps and railings, rises, and on his return hides it back, so not a centimeter of precious space is wasted on the lower floor. For a small summer cottage, this is ideal.
3. ” Goose step.”
The classic one-two-flight staircase does not always fit in a small cottage, then the principle of “goose” or “duck step” comes to the rescue. Such a model has a steep slope of 60-80 degrees, an unusual ratio of the width of the tread to the height of the riser, and the particular shape of the steps – they have recesses.
4. From logs and cuts
Having dealt with the optimal arrangement of stairs for a small summer cottage, let’s move on to the materials and appearance. Many owners of modest country estates prefer to build wood houses and use wood in interior decoration. To emphasize the warmth and color of the wooden interior, you can install an original ladder made of logs or saw cuts.
5. With shelves and racks
You want to use the most usable area in a small cottage, so why not equip the stairs to the second floor with a simple storage system? Instead of risers, you have bookshelves, and in the space under the stairs – a rack where you can store many things besides books.
6. With wrought iron railings
Not everyone likes simplicity and economy; someone wants to make their little dacha elegant and respectable. You can use artistic forging to do this, which will exalt even a tiny ladder without overloading it. If, of course, you choose a subtle pattern.
7. Wood carved
A less costly but equally effective way to dignify a wooden staircase is to use a thread. Railings and balusters are usually decorated with this technique. The finished work is covered with wood stain and varnish if they want to preserve and emphasize the beauty of natural wood or painted if the interior design requires it.
8. With tiles and mosaics
Bright tiles and mosaics fit into the modest provincial interiors of small cottages. It can be placed not only on walls and floors – let it decorate your staircase.
9. With carpet
By laying a carpet on the ladder, you will kill three birds with one stone: decorate it, make it soft and warm for the legs and be safe in terms of the risk of slipping. This is especially true for summer residents with small children and elderly relatives.
10. With plants
Another exciting option for using the space under the stairs is the organization of a garden. Create a dramatic composition of large floor pots or boxes, and hang the smaller container on hooks directly to the steps. Spotlighting will complement the ensemble and make the life of flowers easier.