Posted August 07, 2019 08:59:20It’s hard to imagine the world without stairs, right?
People who spend their entire lives living in cramped apartments often struggle to get up to move about.
But that’s exactly what many people experience with the installation of attic stairs.
For those who aren’t ready to move out of their homes, the installation is a way to get back to a place that feels more familiar.
“A lot of the stories about stairs are about a house or a house-like experience,” said Jason Lichtman, a structural engineer at The University of Pittsburgh.
“But the reality is they can be quite frightening and disorienting.”
A few of the steps that Lichtmans team designed and installed are not only easy to navigate, they can actually make the stairs feel more natural.
The most common example is the stairwell that leads to the main stairwell of a home.
This stairwell has four steps that descend and are connected by a chain-link fence.
“You can actually imagine a little girl in her mother’s arms,” Lichtmen said.
“That stairwell connects to the staircase and you’re back to the normal hallway.
It’s a great way to let your kids walk.”
Another stairwell designed by Lichtmasens team connects to a home’s main stairs.
This staircase has three steps that connect and descend to a balcony.
“The three steps connect to a staircase,” Lithman said.
It can also feel intimidating at first, especially if you’re new to the process.
“In a lot of people’s minds it’s an all-out invasion,” Liskmann said.
But if you know how to use the steps, you can easily navigate the process without fear.
“We’ve actually been able to use stairs to help people relax and get their minds off of what’s happening in their home,” Lissman said.
“It also helps to make it more interesting and exciting.
If the stairs are designed with a lot more variation, it helps make things feel more unique and exciting.”
For some people, the stairway can be a way of getting around.
But for others, it can be an overwhelming experience.
“It’s one of the reasons that I don’t like stairs,” Littman said, adding that many people find it more daunting than other stairs.
“There’s a lot going on in your home.”
While it’s true that stairs are intimidating at the first sign of a problem, they also can be beneficial.
For example, the staircase can serve as a temporary escape from a stressful situation, Lichtmbs said.
“If you have a problem in your house, you’re probably going to have a lot in common with the other people in the home,” he said.
For people who have trouble getting up to go up stairs, the stairs can be useful in a couple of ways.
For some people with mobility issues, stairs can help them get up from their chairs and tables.
For people who don’t have mobility issues but find stairs to be challenging, they may be able to move a chair up a few feet to get to their feet.
“There’s actually a way in which stairs can actually improve your ability to get out of a room or get out from under a chair,” Lichman said .
“When you have stairs you can actually get out and see what’s in front of you.”
The other benefit is that stairs can create a natural environment for people to enjoy each other.
“People don’t really get to know each other as a group anymore, so it can create an intimate, family atmosphere,” Lishman said about a group of people.