I’d like to do something to my spiral staircases so I can separate my second floor and first floor with a door or something. The reason being I don’t want my pets to go downstairs as we use our first floor to run business and second floor is our living area. Anyone has any idea? Much appreciated.

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    How much do you want change the look? To block a stairway from pets, will need a door with walls. Where the picture is showing, will need at least two, maybe three walls, so a door will stop pets. Pets are like kids, if there is an opening they will go though it.
    – crip659
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 19:35
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    I'd be fond of a rotating fan type of device. Collapse when closed, extend and tension fabric when open.
    – fred_dot_u
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 20:13
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    @fred_dot_u Something like the iris on stargate?
    – crip659
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 21:07
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    You'd need four gates because your railings aren't to code. If you brought it up to code and actually safe, then you'd need a single pet/kid gate, which is available at the store.... I thought this was going to be about stopping air flow, for which you're SoL anyway afaik. - Four gates and a crap load of big ass zip ties. Or four grand in railings, one gate, and a few zip ties.
    – Mazura
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 22:53
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    It is a hole in the floor, where anyone can fall into from all sides
    – Traveler
    Commented Jun 24, 2022 at 3:56

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Well, here is my idea.

Very elegant, with 100% closing up the hole.

It works like a Folding hand fan.


You probably need 4 fan slices, so when fully open it wont interfere with passing true.


Here is the side view

side view

You can also go cheap, and DIY stile, cut a cloth per hole dimension. Make one rotating flange (out of wood), attach a rod to it and fix it on the other end.

How to make the flange? Take a pice of play wood and drill a hole in in in size of the center post (probably 2- 3 inches). Cut in in half, now you have 2 halves. Screw in the rod.

  • How would you open and close this from below as you're climbing the stairs? Commented Jun 24, 2022 at 6:06
  • @manassehkatz-Moving2Codidact >> Glad you asked, a stick in vertical position mounted on the first slice.
    – Traveler
    Commented Jun 24, 2022 at 6:12

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