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When you first start looking at the possibility of installing a spiral stair, you may have a very particular vision in mind. Sometimes this vision is composed of enough specifics to make it impossible to satisfy with any standard line of stairs out there, even if that standard line is built with great care and quality.

Perhaps your dimension needs are much greater in terms of diameter or height. Perhaps your aesthetic requirements are very specific because you’re using the stair for a space that needs to create an atmosphere.

Both of these may mean it’s prudent to look at custom spiral stair options. There are many advantages to a customized stair. Going over the potential benefits will make it much easier to go with the option of a custom stair. However, it’s also worth going over a few questions with yourself and anyone else likely involved in this project before making a final decision. Something custom requires a deeper vision. So take the time to really sketch out that vision.

To Generate a More Unique Theme
A custom stair can be for home or business purposes. The reasons for owning one in both scenarios are likely to be the same. But in a business or commercial setting, there may be a little more at stake in getting your vision just right. So knowing when to make an investment in your business with a structure like a unique custom spiral stair is crucial.

Perhaps you have a restaurant or café with a Paris or New Orleans theme and you need a white painted spiral stair with the right decorative scroll work in the railing to create your desired atmosphere. This spiral stair will be a crucial part in generating that feel in your restaurant. You need a manufacturer who can work with you on the exact design, not just offer you a pre-boxed solution. Restaurants can live or die by themes that are done correctly.

Maybe your establishment is theatrical and you need an ornate means of egress for your high-end clients to traverse to their balcony seats. Something more ornate and with a more specific style then any standard line can provide. Part of a theatrical experience is created by atmosphere—a feeling of being transported to another place—just as much as in a fine restaurant with a unique theme. So this vision has to be captured just right too.

To Add a Signature Element
Sometimes the whole point of a customized structure in your business is to simply make a statement. To differentiate your look. To call attention to yourself. Such stunts definitely have merit in the corporate world. How you present your place of business means something to prospective clients and customers. Immediate visual impressions influence decisions of whether to say yes to being a paying customer or business partner. The right spiral stair in the right place can help with that positive influence.

Perhaps you require an interesting way to portray your company logo in a place where everyone will notice it. Having your logo stencil cut into an otherwise solid spiral rail, on a stair that sits right in the middle of your corporate building’s lobby, is a great way to leave an impression on visiting clients. Having a specific structure for which your business is known is a great way to increase word-of-mouth business as a large or small business.

To Satisfy Unique Dimensions
If we’re talking about a corporate lobby then perhaps you have particularly large dimension needs that no standard line you’re finding can satisfy. This is not a far fetched possibility with pretty much any kind of corporate building.

Or maybe your dimension needs aren’t actually that large, they’re just that unusual and specific, requiring something custom.

Take the Time to Weigh the Options:
Now a custom stair may not be the only possible solution to your stair need. You may be able to satisfy what you’re trying to accomplish just as well with something of quality that’s a little more standard. So before just telling yourself automatically that only something custom will work, take the time to ask a few questions about your upcoming project and see where the answers take you.

What Are You Trying to Accomplish?
How grand is the scale of what you’re trying to do with this stair? How big is the statement? How intense/specific is the theme? Whatever it is, does it justify a completely custom stair?

Before you decide that, you should take the time to really sketch out what you envision, or have a professional do so for you. If what you’re looking for to fill your space is truly that unlike anything standard you can find from any manufacturer, then you need to look at full custom options. You may know that such is the case before you even start looking; such is obviously the case if you do want something like your logo to appear on the stair.Call Salter's designers at (800) 368-8280 and we'll be happy to help you determine if custom is the best way to go.

What Type of Setting is the Stair for?
You know your business better than anyone. And you likely have people you pay to know it as well. So an internal discussion to determine if yours is the type of business that can really generate something positive with such a custom spiral stair investment is worth the time. Is this worthwhile? Or is it just a gimmick? Only you can determine that. If there are better places to put your money then stick to a quality standard line spiral stair. You can still make an impact with such an option.

How far off the Mark is a Standard Line?
Plus part of what truly makes the aesthetic of a stair is the décor of the space in which it dwells. A stair in one place won’t leave the same impression if erected in a completely different space. The effect can be dramatically different between the two spaces. So see what you can do to work on your existing space first. Then see what a customized stair will add. See how big a difference you can achieve with what you want to do between a standard and your envisioned customized stair.

Is it Worth the Added Cost?
One thing to know, as with anything, added labor translates to added cost. So be sure your business, small or large, has room for the greater investment in the budget, and that the specialized stair will have a potent enough effect, before deciding on it.

A customized stair doesn’t have to automatically mean an exponential increase in cost, though. A dramatic effect can be achieved through a subtle touch of customization.

Will Your Schedule Allow for the Added Time?
Remember that specialized components, in addition to some added cost, will also mean added labor, which means added time. So get in contact with your chosen stair manufacturer and work out your timetable accordingly.

It may also help you prioritize different custom features you’re considering. How much time does each feature add? Are there some you can do without over others in order to ensure the stair is manufactured and shipped when you’d like it to be?

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