How To Winder Stairs
How To Winder Stairs - They Save Space
"Winder stairs were very common in houses built in the early 1900s. It's a shame they're not used in more homes today."
Tim Carter - Founder www.AsktheBuilder.com
Winder stairs allow you to turn a corner and change the direction of a staircase.
The most common turn is 90 degrees. Circular stairs are a continuous flight of winder stairs as the treads create a corkscrew sometimes turning a full 360 degrees or more.
What's the Best Winder Stairs Size?
Building codes mandate stairs should be at least 36 inches wide. This width is great for three winders to make a turn of 90 degrees.
This means each winder stair creates a 30-degree angle. The center of the winder tread is always going to be greater than 10 inches if the stairs are 36 inches wide. This is plenty safe.
Is it Hard to Make Winder Stairs?
It's easy to make winder stairs. The simplest way to do it is to make two or three platforms.
Note the drawings of mine below. Read the captions for a full understanding of how to build the winder stairs.
The bottom platform is a square usually 36 inches. The second platform might be an odd polygon and the third winder would be a simple triangle. It's best to just make a full-size template using cardboard if you're not a seasoned carpenter.