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One of the better favors you can do for yourself before beginning the spiral stair purchasing process is to take several solid photos of the space the stair will occupy. These don’t have to be professional photos, just solid photos that give a clear idea of the space’s dimensions, theme, and other aspects that are important for you and the stair designer you’ll be in contact with to know.

See the Stair in the Right Lighting
Having solid photos will accomplish several jobs for you. For instance, you’ll better be able to picture what your space looks like with full illumination, ergo, the manufacturer and designer you work with will better be able to help you picture how your stair will look with good lighting in your space. And good lighting is really the best circumstance under which to picture your stair.

To get a good shot of your space in good lighting, just introduce as many light sources (and as many natural light sources) as possible before taking your pictures. Don’t fret over details like angles. These aren’t professional shots for a modeling job submission. Just clear shots of a space. If the space is in mid-renovation and not that many light sources are available, then consider running an extension cord and a power strip to introduce some portable lighting sources. Whatever you can do to drive away the dark before getting those shots.

See your Stair from Multiple Angles
You might consider focusing on at least the main angle from which the stair will be seen (central area of the room, main entrance to the room, etc.), but it will also behoove you to take shots of the space from multiple clear angles in order to create a holistic image and understanding of the space and atmosphere where the stair will live.

Multiple angles will give you better spacial awareness, allowing you to see where other items in the room can be moved to if needs be either for superior aesthetics or just for more effective use of the space available. The designer you work with will be able to help with this as well if provided such images.

Gain a Perspective for Possible Changes
Photos such as these will provide you with a strong idea of any adjustments that need to be made to your space before the stair arrives. If your space is finished, you’ll know what objects to move to make more efficient use of space. If you’re trying to create a certain aesthetic, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of decorative items to purchase and add to complete the effect you’re striving to create. You may even be inspired to buy something simply by merit of the general outline of a blank space left between your stair and another large permanent object in the room.

If your space is mid-renovation or construction, you might even gain an idea for slight adjustments that need to be made before construction is finalized in order to better allocate for your spiral stair. So take the time to understand your physical dimensions in a way that involves more than just numbers/measurement units.

Gain a Perspective for Scale
Taking photos will also help you gain a perspective of scale for objects in the room. If you mark a footprint for where you know the stair will go and you mark the height of your desired stair, you can better visualize just what amount of space the stair will occupy and how it will effect objects in the vicinity. You can better see what you may need to move or if your desired spot even works correctly.

You can also visualize just how large or small other objects in the room will look in comparison to the stair, which will allow you to better determine how to arrange your décor and furniture for the best look. Is it too cluttered for achieving that minimalist look you may want?

Clean the Space
Your photos will work much better in every regard if your space is as clean as it can be. Take the time to eliminate as much clutter as you can from your shots. Then your pictures will act as much better visual aids. Plus, it’ll be a lot easier to focus on where the stair will be and how the objects in the room (meant to be there) will look around it without excess stuff in the way.

The space being clean will also give you more leeway to rearrange things as desired.

Working with Render Space
One thing to keep in mind in the process of taking your photos is that you’re compiling material for your chosen stair manufacturer’s design department to use as a tool for when they render an image of your desired stair. So the better the images you take, the better the “environment” for the final rendering of your stair.

Salter offers online sessions where we render stairs according to your specification and can move them about, manipulate them, change the angle of entry points, and more so you can see how your space will look with the stair installed and the best way to install it. Learn more by calling one of our helpful designers at (800) 368-8280. So make sure you have good photos prepared in anticipation of that session to send to your design representative. The session will be much more beneficial to you with solid photos prepared.

Re-evaluate Your Space

Once you’ve had a chance to see how your desired stair works in your space, you can take the time to reflect and re-evaluate your space. Maybe some small things you didn’t notice before came to light when your designer had a chance to look at your photos.

You need to move something to get the entry point angles and rotation you want. Your stair will need to have the rotation adjusted. The stair needs to be moved slightly. It could be any number of these things. Because you took the time to take great pictures for your designer to work with, you now know exactly which of these things you need to change and how to go about changing them in order for that stair to fit into your space like a perfectly cut piece for a puzzle.

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