The Different Types of Staircases and their characteristics

Ackworth House offers expertise and knowledge on a variety of staircases, producing a range of products from stair manufacturers Auckland wide. The company’s staircases come in a variety of designs, able to satisfy any kind of building need no matter the circumstances. Planning your custom staircase design just got easier, with this clear guide on every staircase type available.


The most basic set of stairs available, simple and sleek as its heads straight up into the higher storey. Perfect for smaller spaces or simple designs, the straight stair types can be seen featured in almost any kind of building situation. However, due to the simplicity of the stair shape, building the steps in creative materials or with unusual handrails can create some individuality and create a unique structure for the room.

Floating Stairs

These spectacular stairs create a feeling of fluidity due to their ‘floating stairs’ style, with the large blocks of steps seeming like they are mid-air without any structural support. Distinct compared to regular staircases, these floating steps create a classy appearance, providing a sleek angled structure without clutter. Typically constructed in light woods, glass, or steel, their material enhances the stair’s already clean and minimalist look. Due to the blocks of floating stairs being the main focal point, the handrails are typically made up of modern railing options such as glass, cable, or rod, which don’t close off the staircases. Often seen as the most stylish staircase type available, they are often featured in modern homes, venue establishments, and stylish offices.

L-Shaped Stairs

The L shaped stair is a variation of the straight stair but features a sharp bend in a section of the stair. Typically done against a corner of a room, to create more space as well as allowing for an interesting shape setting within the room. L shaped stairs can also be beneficial by providing privacy with a visual barrier between floors.

Spiral Stairs

The spiral staircase features a perfect helixes shape as it slowly winds its way up. Seen as a stylish and sensual feature to a room, this type of staircases provides a truly grand entrance and stylish atmosphere to the scenery. Despite this, it can be a bit expensive due to the wedge-shaped treads and curved stringers being more complex to manufacture.


Typically, the most popular stair type for multiple level buildings, this U shape structure can form to the very top of hundreds of floors without taking up much room. Usually done for emergency staircases, office spaces, or public venues, this back-to-basics style is by far one of the most practical styles.

Bifurcated Stairs

For a truly grand entrance downstairs, there is no better type than the Bifurcated Stairs. Featuring an extensive set of steps that involve one large sweeping set of steps, which splits off into two smaller flights going in opposite directions. Typically seen in historic and grand buildings such as palaces, mansions, and more, these types of stairs are not for the faint of heart.

Ackworth House offers a range of staircases for any type of situation. Bringing together expertise and knowledge on a variety of staircases to produce a state-of-the-art product for their customers. If you are interested in learning more, visit our website to discover more information on each of our staircase structures, or contact us today to speak to one of our staff members