Zev Bianchi of Bcompact design studio creates adaptable and space-saving furniture for small spaces. He hit the limelight for his foldable stair design that’s a true lifesaver for tiny houses. Made from sustainably sourced bamboo composite ply, the Bcompact Hybrid stairs and ladders cover all aspects of the stair design including strength, flexibility, aesthetic, and sustainability.
The Hybrid foldable ladders and stairs are counterbalanced by a spring mechanism for simple opening and closure. Each piece is strengthened with a metal folding mechanism, helping them fold flat against any wall. There is an option to include locks so that they can be fixed into an open or closed position.
You can operate them directly from the ground or from the landing spot. The only difference is that the folding stairs come with an automatic pop-up handrail and an optional safety gate mechanism for security purposes.
Installing needs professional help. If you are a skilled DIYer, then you can install them using special tools within a few hours without making any modifications to the existing infrastructure. Pricing of each folding ladder and stair varies according to height, fit, and finish.
Bcompact hybrid stairs and ladders bagged gold at the European Product Design Award in May 2018.
FAQs about Bcompact hybrid stairs
Q: What materials are Bcompact hybrid stairs made from?
A: Bcompact stairs are made from sustainably sourced bamboo composite ply. Bamboo is durable, flexible, lightweight, and sustainable.
Q: What weight capacity can they handle?
A: Bcompact ladders and stairs have been tested in-house to SWL’s (safe working loads) of 200 kg and 175 kg respectively.
Q: How difficult is it to install these folding stairs?
A: Any competent handy person can install these staircases without any infrastructure modifications or special tools within a few hours. However, Bcompact recommends site-specific fitting and installation by qualified professionals.
Q: How easy are they to open and close? Could an elderly person do it?
A: Because these stairs are counterbalanced with a simple spring mechanism so opening and closing them can be easily done by both – young and elderly people. Each piece is balanced to be almost weightless once installed. They can be operated from the ground or from the landing.