Minimum width of doorway at stairs landing?

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Old 08-16-18, 01:38 PM
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Minimum width of doorway at stairs landing?

I've got an open stairway. My plan is to close it off and just have a doorway (no door) accessing the landing and the stairway itself. What should the minimum width of the doorway be? In particular, I don't want it so small I can't move furniture up and down from the upstairs.

Currently, the distance between the bottom vertical wall of the step (not tread) and the opposite wall is 35 1/4". House was build in 1950s.

Would 36" be a good choice for width of the new doorway?

Photo. Distance between right side of stud and opposite wall is 36".

thanks for the help!

 
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Old 08-16-18, 03:54 PM
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Anything you do to make the opening smaller than it is now will hamper your moving furniture up and down the stairs. I would leave it open.
 
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Old 08-16-18, 04:07 PM
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I agree and even said so in my OP, and if it were up to me I'd leave it open, but this is a SWMBO issue.
 
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Old 08-18-18, 08:20 AM
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Well, I can't find any regulation other than ADA that specifies a minimum. I guess I'll go with 36".
 
 

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