Introduction of Staircase | Components of Staircase And General Guidelines2 min read

Introduction :

The staircase is an essential component of a building providing access to different floors and roofs of the building.

It consists of a flight of steps, usually with one or more intermediate landings provided between the floor levels.

Typical Flight Of A Staircase :


components of staircase


Structural Components Or Terminologies Of A Staircase :


The Main Part Of Stairs:


Tread: it is the horizontal upper portion of a step where the foot restals.

Riser: the vertical distance between two neighboring steps.

Nosing: Sometimes the tread is projected outwards for aesthetic or to provide more space, this projection is called the nosing.

Flight: Flight is a series of steps provided between two landings.

Going: Going of the stair is a horizontal projection of the flight.

Landing: The horizontal slab provided between two flights. It is provided at every 10-12 steps for
comfort and is also required in case of a change of direction.

Overlap: The amount by which nosing of a tread (or landing) over sails the immediate lower tread.

Soffit: The bottom surface of a stair slab.

Headroom: The vertical distance of a line connecting the nosing of all treads and the soffit.

Waist: The thickness of the waist slab on which steps are made is known as the waist.

Stringer: These are the sloping members of the stairs, use to support the end of steps.

Winders: These are the steps used for changing the direction of stairs. These are usually triangular in plan.

Pitch or Slope: Vertical angle made by a line of nosing with vertical. Pitch should not be more than 38º.


General Guidelines For Planning A Staircase :


The following are some of the general guidelines for planning a staircase:

(i) The respective dimension of tread and riser for all the parallel steps should be the same on the consecutive floors of a building.

(ii) The minimum vertical headroom above any step should be 2 m.

(iii) The pitch should not be more than 38°.

Proportioning of Staircase :

The following components of the staircase are to be proportioned before designing a staircase.

(a) Width:

The width of a step in the staircase (width of staircase) is proportioned following the recommendations given below:

Types of Staircase Width of the Staircase
  • Service stair for maintenance
  • Catwalks and two-floor residential buildings, staircase for offices apartments, etc.
  • Staircase for public houses
1-1.2 m

1.2-1.6 m

1.2-2.0 m

(b) Number of Steps:

The number of steps in a flight is usually kept between 3 and 12.

Tread is usually kept between 250 to 300 mm
Rise = 120 to 150 mm (Public building)
= 150 to 180 mm (Residential building)

Following relations are usually used to fix the riser and tread.
2R+ T = 580 to 630 mm
Rx T = 40000 to 50000 mm2

(c) Width of Landing:

The width of the landing shall not be less than the width of the staircase.


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