Staircases aren't something one usually shops for, but you might build a loft one day and find yourself in need of a space-saving design that looks good and fits your budget. There are two main options when it comes to stairs: custom built (generally more expensive) and kits (which tend to be cheaper). Here are 10 sources for both — some high and some low.

  1. Arke: Arke is a US subsidiary of an Italian company that sells in the US through Home Depot, Lowe's and other stores. They offer DIY spiral staircase kits, starting around $1,500, that can be assembled and customized to fit your space.
  2. Serett Metal Work: Owner Joshua Young has made a name for himself as a designer of unusual staircases. His Brooklyn-based studio does custom work, and their expertise rests in traditional blacksmithing, contemporary metalworking, furniture making, and fine art.
  3. The Iron Shop: Like Arke, this company sells spiral staircase kits that can be assembled by a home DIYer. They offer online shopping and ordering, and their kits come in both modern and Victorian styles in a range of colors and finishes. Kit pricing ranges between $1,000 and $2,500.
  4. MILK Design: Chicago-based MILK design was started by two former construction workers, Joe Colosi and Pawel Korczakowski. With a range of custom pieces built for Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt, they create high-end staircases and railings in the Midwest.
  5. Mylen Stairs: They've been in business for 50 years, and they sell both custom spiral staircases and modular "econo" kits. Based out of Peekskill, Nyew York, they ship their kits nationally, can provide drawings to architects, and have a service line you can call for installation advice.
  6. Spiral Stair Warehouse: Based out of Broomall, Pennsylvania, they sell metal spiral staircase kits that come with 8 structural parts. They have five available sizes, and you can call for information about how kits and installation work.
  7. Salter Spiral Staircase: Headquartered in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, they sell kits in steel, wood, aluminum and galvanized steel. They have residential and commercial sales departments — call for a price quote.
  8. Spiral Stairs of America: This Erie, Pennsylvania company sells standard and Deco-style spiral stairs, in both kits and custom designs. Their stairs comply with the standards of BOCA, CABO, IBC, and IRC.
  9. Duvinage: They describe themselves as "the oldest" manufacturer "of custom spiral stairs and circular stairs in the United States," and they've built staircases for the White House and the National Gallery of Art. Based out of Maryland, they sell both prefab kits and do custom work.
  10. Precision Pine: Their spiral staircase kits are all made from wood and start around $2,600. Based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, they offer mostly traditional styles.