Japanese stairs – fun and functional tool for your home

The principle of the Japanese staircase

The Japanese staircase is also called staggered staircase. It is a variant of the miller's staircase which is currently "secondary" and provides access to a mezzanine or attic. The principle is simple: steps cut not quite superimposed, which force the user to put the left foot on one, then the right foot on the next and so on. Despite that slope steep, the Japanese staircase has steps with a comfortable depth. Generally it is made of wood, either with a central stringer, or with two lateral strings.

If you need to put a staircase at home in a small space, think of the Japanese staircase

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Also called staggered staircase, it allows to combine space saving and comfort

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A fun and efficient staircase

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Advantages and disadvantages

The asymmetrical cut of the steps of a Japanese staircase combines the advantages of a miller ladder with a steep slope (space saving) to those of a larger staircase with deep steps (comfort). Very original without doubt, this domestic tool has many aesthetic and practical qualities. Clean lines, possibility of adding a safety ramp, adjustable steps in height (optional), no screening, much less space than that of another staircase. On the other hand there are also disadvantages. In the first place you have to get used to going up and down in a very specific way. It is not at all suitable for small children, elderly or disabled. In addition, it is not recommended that the height maximum of a Japanese staircase exceeds 2.50 m, that is to say there are limits and that is why this type of staircase is reserved for small spaces.

In short, it has the same advantages as the miller's staircase being much more comfortable

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A Japanese staircase is a straight staircase where each step has an asymmetrical cut

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The foot is systematically supported on the deepest part of the walk

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This type of staircase is often presented as economic. By cons it is not at all true. You will have to count at least 50% more than a more common model. Moreover these stairs remain a niche market because they are not very popular, where the prices come from.

The Japanese staircase, or "staggered steps", is perfectly adapted to small spaces

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The steeper a staircase is, the more comfortable the stairs are

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An aesthetic element that can integrate with the decor of a room

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At the aesthetic level, the staggered staircase is undoubtedly very design

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We must put the right foot, on the right step

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Indeed, the Japanese step ladder is often closer to the ladder than a real staircase

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If you're curious about how to mount a Japanese staircase, watch the following video:

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