Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Sliding Stairway - Attic And Disappearing Stairs

A sliding stairway is any stairway that slides into position. This could be a stairway located in your attic or one that's up against a wall. Most of the time a sliding stairway are used to reduce space, while providing easy access to users.

Sliding stairways have been replaced by folding ones and I don't know if they're ever going to make a big comeback. Stairs that fold are easier to ship and usually reduce the amount of area needed to operate them.

A good example of this would be a long sliding stairway in an attic. Since sliding stairways don't fold and are usually built in one piece, they take up a lot of attic space. You wouldn't be able to store anything in front of the sliding stairs, in most storage areas.


Should I Use A Sliding Stairway Or A Folding Stairway?

Either one works great and my answer would probably depend upon the type of building, where the stairway is going to be located and what it's going to be used for.

I would prefer using a sliding stairway in an area that was going to be used regularly, if storage space wasn't an issue.

However, I don't even know where you would purchase a sliding stairway, because they're large and bulky. Folding stairways can be purchased at almost any home improvement center, lumberyard and even over the Internet.

When you get right down to it, no matter what, you're probably going to use a folding stairway, because they're cheaper, easier to install and don't require as much installation space.


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