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Staircase entry step

 


The entry step of the stairway is the first step we pay attention to when go upstairs, and the first step we start moving from. The entry step may be manufactured in a common fashion, just like the most steps in the stairway. Such variant is easy to manufacture and to install. The disadvantage of such a solution is a limited entry zone and arid design. Let's consider other variants of entry steps, which can change the impression from stairs and its design in general.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bullnose Step

This design of an entry step is applied when the flight of stairs is adjacent to the wall on the one side and open on the other side. In this case the entry newel post is shifted one step back which allows making the entry zone broader and more convenient due to the rounding of the step. With that, the lateral of the entry step does not go beyond the overall width of the staircase. The handrail ends with a newel post. The shape of the riser shall repeat the shape of the tread (taking into account the nosing of course). It is a very popular decision. Such form does not require additional space because the step is located within the boundaries of the flight of stairs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Bullnose Step

The design of this step is similar to the previous one but applied when the stairway is open on both sides. In this case both entry newel posts are shifted one step back, and the step is rounded on both sides. The entry zone becomes broader on both sides. Here the shape of the riser shall repeat the shape of the tread as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curtail Entry Step

This design is applied when the flight of stairs is adjacent to the wall on the one side and open on the other side. In this variant just like for Bullnose Step the newel post is shifted one step back, but the step protrudes on one side for the distance required to achieve concordant rounding. In this case the handrail may end with a newel post, but it is possible to apply a more elegant solution such as a volute detail. Volute detail allows to round out the end of the handrail and to provide for its availability in the entry zone. The balusters shall also repeat the trajectory of handrail rounding.
The shape of the riser shall repeat the shape of the tread.
Such solution is very convenient and functional but requires a little more space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Curtail Entry Step

The design of this step is similar to the Curtail Entry Step but it is applied when the stairway is open on both sides. In this variant both newel posts are shifted one step back, but the step protrudes on both sides for the distance required to achieve concordant rounding. Just as in case of Curtail Entry Step, the handrail may end with a newel post, but application of a volute detail will be a better solution. The balusters shall also repeat the trajectory of handrail rounding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Single Double Depth Curtail Step

Such design of an entry step is applied when the flight of stairs is adjacent to the wall on the one side and open on the other side. Just like for Bullnose Step and Curtail Entry Step, the entry newel post is shifted one step back, but along with protrusion on one of the lateral sides the depth of the step is enlarged. Enlargement of the step depth allows us to considerably enlarge the radius of the step rounding. In this case the handrail ends with a newel post. Such form of a step looks very effective, but it requires more space for step arrangement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Double Double Depth Curtail Step

The design of this step is similar to the Single Double Depth Curtail Step but it is applied when the stairway is open on both sides. Such design looks more concordant on broad stairways. In this case both entry newel posts are shifted one step back, but along with protrusion on both lateral sides the depth of the step is enlarged. As the result we receive a massive entry step. It is recommended to apply Single Double Depth Curtail Step and Double Double Depth Curtail Step in case there is enough vacant space for stairs construction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, in any of the proposed designs the newel posts can be shifted up and double or even triple passages can be constructed, but as we already know from the section How to build stairs,
volutes, turnouts and starting easing are allowed over the lowest tread