DIY Spiral Stairs
Modular kits make design and installation easy for the DIY’er.
Adding a traditional spiral staircase can be an intimidating project for a homeowner, because the stairs are professionally custom-built to exact specifications, and everything must fit correctly or there will be problems with the installation. Furthermore, the custom manufacturing process accounts for a large part of the typical 6 to 8 weeks lead time required by most spiral-stair companies.
Arke Stairs takes an entirely different approach to spiral stairs. The company offers a modular “staircase in a kit” that the homeowner designs online with a simple step-by-step web-based tool at arkestairs.com. Once you’ve determined your staircase style, your exact height measurement, the directional turn of the spiral, and the size/type of your landing, Arke assembles a kit to fit your needs and ships it to arrive within 7 working days, ready for installation even by a do-it-yourselfer.
Five-step Selection Process
When ordering a spiral staircase kit, the first step is to decide whether or not it’s an indoor or outdoor installation.
Step Two is to measure from the finished floor on the top level to the finished floor on the bottom level of the proposed stair location. This determines the exact height required for the installation.
Step Three is to measure the total amount of space you have available to determine the correct diameter of the stair. The company recommends that the available finished space is at least two inches greater than the total diameter of thespiral staircase or total width of the modular staircase. This allows for clear passage of the handrail and eliminates a “pinch point” of the handrail against a wall or upper floor opening.
Step Four: Decide between metal treads and wooden treads. Arke offers both.
Step Five: Choose your color. Arke offers the choices of a high-gloss black, high-gloss white or a satin gray.
Once you have this information in hand, you can visit Arke’s online selection tool. The company’s sales and support team can also assist you in purchasing the right stair kit for your needs.
Unique Features for Easy Installation
For the do-it-yourself installer, Arke spiral stairs come with three innovative design features that address the major problems which usually make installation a contractor job.
Adjustable height. Rather than rely on an exact height measurement, Arke stairs are adjustable in height through the use of a patented spacer system. The standard spiral kit is adjustable in height from approximately 8 ft.-3in. to 10 feet. For heights above 10 feet, additional risers and center pole extensions are available.