Following up on my other post, how wide is a staircase standard and for those of you who did wider than normal staircases, how wide are they? Pics would be appreciated! TIA!
Code requires 36 inches. Because some authorities have apparently declared that the handrail spacing must be 36 inches, a lot of designs have a 39 inch wide stairwell.
Personally, I think it is too narrow.
Happymommy, this is another issue I fought over with the architect. He was for narrower on this also and called it wasted space. I can't remember how wide we ended up and I won't be able to measure for about a week but two people can walk down side by side and I think it is 48". One good point the architect made was about the code for wide stairs requiring a railing on both sides if it was over a certain width. We said to design it so it wouldn't need the second railing. You may want to check your code on this issue if you only want a railing on one side.
I have large furniture. Most of it is second floor furniture. I plan on having not just wide staircases but wide hallways and wide doors to handle them. You should have seen my movers when we moved into our old house - they BARELY got some of that stuff up the stairs and into the master bedroom. I swore that day that when we build our house I'd have WIDE stairs and halls for that type of thing.
Ours is 42" wide. Also important for safety -- no long, straight run of stairs without a landing, or two! That's especially important in a house with high ceilings.
Our stairs are 42" wide. The pool table went up the stairs without a problem. We also have 36" doors throughout our home.
36" is too narrow. I have 42" wide both front and back stairs. hallway is 49" wide, bedrooms 36" wide doors -- except master with double 30"
Thanks for the pic, dragonfly. Your staircase is gorgeous. The width is perfect! Thanks.