Log Spiral Staircase Buying and Installation Guide

With log homes becoming more and more popular (according to AIArchitect, over 30,000 log homes are built every year in the US), it’s no wonder additions like bathroom upgrades, lighting and even log spiral staircases are benefiting from this growth in popularity.

If you’re thinking about buying and installing a log spiral staircase in your log home, then you’re in the right place. This guide will take you through choosing, installing and maintaining a wooden spiral staircase.

Our experience tells us this isn’t an easy job as spiral staircases are all different, but with the right help and skills, they can be installed in a day or two. Let’s get started.

Reasons to Install a Log Spiral Staircase

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There are many reasons why you might want to install a log spiral staircase in your log home.

We’ve listed some of the most popular that we hear below, and it’s more than likely they’ll resonate!

  • A log spiral staircase will add a touch of elegance to your log home.
  • A log spiral staircase will make your log home more accessible. E.g. if you have trouble climbing stairs, a log spiral staircase will make it easier to get from one level to another.
  • A log spiral staircase will add value to your log home, so if you ever decide to sell your cabin or home, a log spiral staircase can be a key selling point.

These are just a few of the reasons why you might want to install a spiral staircase in your log home. Personally, we love spiral staircases because they add to the whimsical nature of log homes. But ultimately, the decision of whether or not to install one is up to you.

How to Buy a Spiral Log Cabin Staircase

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If you’ve decided that you want to install a log spiral staircase in your log home, the next step is to purchase a staircase. There are many places where you can buy log spiral staircases. You can find them online, at log home retailers, and even at some hardware stores.

When you’re purchasing a log spiral staircase, you must consider a range of factors to avoid disappointment!

First, you need to decide what style of wood spiral staircase you want. Modern wooden staircases will have a central metal pole, and the wooden steps will be flared out in a spiral shape. These are much easier to install and look brilliant if you want to modernise your log cabin home.

Wooden staircases made by hand are going to more much more expensive, harder to install and require more care and attention over time. However, they add a unique sense of character that a modern staircase just can’t and will add plenty of value to your home.

Once you’ve decided on a style, you need to find a reputable dealer. You can do this by asking friends and family for recommendations or by searching online. Once you’ve found a few dealers, take the time to read reviews and compare prices.

Finally, you need to measure the space where you want to install your spiral staircase. This is important because you need to make sure that the staircase will fit in the space and connect up with the top and bottom of your hallway and landing space.

How to Install a Spiral Staircase

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Once you’ve bought your log spiral staircase, it’s time to install it. If you’re building your own log cabin home, you might be able to install the staircase yourself. It’s not easy, but it does require some basic carpentry skills.

Spiral staircases are also heavy, so you’ll need at least two people to help you with the installation. Getting it into place is the most difficult part, so we recommend you have plenty of help to hand just in case.

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Once the log spiral staircase is in place, you’ll need to secure it to the floor and walls. This is usually done with screws or nails. You might also need to add some support beams, depending on the style of log spiral staircase you’ve chosen.

If you’re unsure about the specifications of your model of the staircase, or if it’s bespoke, the shop you bought it from will be able to advise on the correct installation method.

If you’re not confident in your ability to install the wooden spiral staircase yourself, we recommend hiring a professional. They will have the experience and the expertise to get the job done right, and at the end of the day, you want it done right!

Alternatively, you could choose to go for a modern wood spiral staircase that is very easy to install, lightweight and looks amazing! Check out this installation video below – it could be a winner!

Whatever staircase you choose, we’re sure that it will be a worthy addition. There are plenty of videos of log cabin staircase builds on youtube making it a fantastic resource if you’re building a log home or renovating a cabin!

Caring For Wooden Log Home Staircases

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Once your log spiral staircase is installed, you must take time to regularly take care of it. Wooden log home staircases need to be sealed and protected. It will be used multiple times per day, so it’s important to make sure it’s properly cared for.

We recommend sealing your wooden spiral staircase at least once a year. This will help to protect the wood from damage. You can use a log home sealant or a log home stain. If you choose to stain your log spiral staircase, make sure you use a log home stain that is compatible with the log home sealant.

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You should also vacuum your staircase on a regular basis. This will help to remove any dirt or debris that could damage the wood. Some people like to add carpets or rugs to their spiral staircases to reduce wear.

This can be a great idea to enhance your interior, but sometimes it can take away from the natural feel. It really depends on what the rest of your log cabin decor is like as to how you will finish your staircase.

Log Home Spiral Staircases

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Have we helped to convince you that log home spiral staircases are a great addition to log homes? We hope so!

Log spiral staircases are a great addition to log homes. They can add value, style, and accessibility. Installation is not difficult, but it’s important to take your time and measure the space carefully. With a little bit of planning, you can have a log spiral staircase that you’ll enjoy for years to come, just like to one in our log home!