How to Measure for a Staircase

At Pear Stairs we design and manufacture staircases for many self-build customers. All we need is:

1.

The opening hole size in the first floor timber joists

 

a) Trimmer to trimmer

b) Trimmer to finished wall

We rarely come out to the property to measure - we can, but this would be an expensive and unnecessary additional cost to you.

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To Measure Finished Floor To Finished Floor For Straight Flights:

Finished Floor Straight
 

To Measure Finished Floor To Finished Floor For Winding Stairs:

Finished floor winding
 

To Measure Opening Hole Size In The First Floor Straight Flights:

Measuring opening for stair hole - straight flight
 

To Measure Opening Hole Size In The First Floor For Winding Stairs:

Opening Hole Winder Staircase
 

Summary:

In order to make your staircase, we require:

1.

Finished floor to finished floor level

2.

Dimension ‘B’ (Trimmer to trimmer)

3.

Dimension ‘A’ (Trimmer to finished wall)

 

From this information we will complete all your drawings and check headroom, risers and goings of the staircase to check compliance with building regulations.

Pear Stairs sell staircases in many shapes and sizes. If you require further assistance with measuring your staircase, don't hesitate to phone us on 01938 553311. You might also like to try out our online planning tool, the StairCreator, which lets you experiment with different designs and provides instant price estimates as you go along.

   

 

Taking the Measurements for a Staircase

Measuring Staircase Height and Opening Size

staircase measurement floor to floor

Measuring can be done by yourself, though we recommend using a qualified and experienced joiner to ensure it is done perfectly. We can attend properties to measure under special request, but this is often a needless expense. When taking the floor to floor measurements, the floor is considered as the surface on which you will walk, lay carpets and such. The measured distance will be the same for differing stair designs, as detailed above.

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To create a staircase you will also need to know the precise size of the “stairwell” (the opening hole) in the first floor timber joists. As detailed in the image above, we will require measurements for the trimmer to the trimmer, and the trimmer to the finished wall. If the staircase does not have a wall any any side then the "A" measurement in the diagram would also be "trimmer to trimmer".

Calculating the size of steps, the risers and goings is not something you have to worry about because we do it for you. Our online Staircreator can also calculate it for you.
The size and dimensions of stair risers and goings must adhere to strict building regulations. These regulations are automatically adhered to by our online Staircreator or you can let our skilled design team work them out for you.
For more on Staircase Building Regulations, click here for a detailed break down.

The UK's Staircase Specialist

With the correct measurements we can complete design drawings, check headroom, risers, and ensure the design is in compliance with UK building regulations.

Pear Stairs sell staircases in many shapes and sizes. If you require further assistance with measuring your staircase, don't hesitate to phone us on 01938 553311.
You might also like to try out our online planning tool, the StairCreator, which lets you experiment with different designs and provides instant price estimates as you go.