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Explaining Why Stairs Usually Have Odd Numbers

Explaining why stairs usually have odd numbers

In most homes, the staircase is considered to be the backbone and is the place of circulation between the floors and rooms so the design of the staircase is very important.

Prior to the design, architects often came up with solutions to help the stairway area become as well-ventilated as possible with as much natural light as possible.

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In addition, the design of the stairs also needs to meet the regulations to ensure safety and especially convenient for people to travel. Many experts commented that if the stairs were designed too many steps would have more holiday (reduce the feeling of fatigue when climbing), the ladder width should not be less than 80 cm (enough for 2 people avoid each other), the height of the handrail should be over 90cm.

Explaining why stairs usually have odd numbers
The stairs of Lofthouse The New Saigon apartment.

An unspoken rule, which is commonly used in many countries, is that the number of stairs connecting two floors is usually odd. Vacations are counted as one rank.

According to the magazine Homeplan, the number of odd grades works to help people travel more comfortable. Specifically, the right-hand people, they will step right foot up the first step. If the number of stairs falls on an even number, the last step will be the left leg, which is contrary to the habit: the foot must always go first.

In addition, in some Eastern countries, including Vietnam, many homeowners often design stairs based on the law of “Birth, Aging, Disease, Death.” More specifically, the first step of the stairs falls into the womb, the next step in turn falls into the Sickness, Disease, Death. Homeowners want the last step to fall into Birth. Therefore, the number of steps is often divisible by 4 and plus 1 (17, 21, 25, 29).

Explaining why stairs usually have odd numbers
The staircase of the four-storey apartment Tan Thoi Nhat 21.

However, this calculation is only relative to some townhouses. If the stairs leading up each floor are 21 steps, the total steps of the whole house will fall into the Disease if the 3 floors house or the palace if the 4 floors house

Many Western countries also believe in luck and also choose the number of odd stairs. They calculate: The first step is “okay”, the second step is “lost” … so the last step will be “okay”.

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