15 ingenious stairs that take up little space

Sabrina Werner Sabrina Werner
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There are things that you cannot do without in a small house or apartment, especially if it is a house with two floors. The staircase is such a vital element that you cannot remove it, no matter how much you might want to.

In this idea book, we have put together 15 types of stairs that take up little space and are as functional as they are visually appealing. Also, take a look at 18 excellent designs for interior stairs in small houses.

1. Three in one

This first example not only installs a staircase in a small space but also shows how this small space can be used for several things at once: a vertical garden and a beautiful bookshelf. The staircase itself has a simple but contemporary design and has been finished in white, so it contrasts beautifully with the green garden in the background.

2. A spiral staircase

Spiral staircases are the perfect stairs for the second floor when space is limited—like in this case. They have a design that brings movement and never goes out of style. They are also available in many designs and different materials and can therefore be easily adapted to your style and taste.

3. In two sections

Stairs that take up little space do not have to rise to the upper floor in one piece. Because there is no railing, this staircase creates an impression of airiness in the lower section and makes the room appear as a unit—a great solution if there is little space in the stairwell. The second section, on the other hand, was provided with a black stair railing and thus contributes to safety in the house. This is especially recommended if there are children in the house or apartment.

4. A futuristic staircase in a small space

These stairs leave you speechless! It is constructed with steps that hang in the air and offer an exciting, industrial design.

5. A wooden staircase that adapts to limited space in the stairwell

This natural wood staircase has adapted perfectly to the space available to it and follows the twists and turns of the room with elegant curves. To preserve the room in its entirety, the stair railing was attached to the outermost wall and coloured to match the wooden steps. If you want such a completely individual staircase, you can seek advice from an interior designer.

6. A foldable staircase

Sometimes not only stairs for the second floor are necessary when space is limited, but also stairs that lead to the attic or a storage room. In such a case, a foldable staircase is an ingenious solution. It saves a lot of space and you can simply fold it out when you need it, which is usually not the case every day anyway.

7. Only half a metre wide

You don't always need large, wide steps that take up a lot of space. If you use a narrow staircase with steps that are only half a metre wide, you can get a functional staircase in a small space and can save a lot of space.

8. Plain and simple

This staircase is probably the simplest in the entire idea book. If you are looking for an alternative that allows you to get to the second floor but are still looking for a discreet staircase, this classic staircase with simple lines and shapes is the right choice.

9. Minimalist and modern

This incredibly small staircase is perfect for homes that have an attic or false ceiling. It takes up hardly any space and yet fits into any room with its industrial design.

10. The stairs as part of the hallway

The stairs can also be designed as part of the hallway, as in this example. Every little corner was exploited here. For example, a small table with a lamp was placed under the stairs, which has a decorative effect and contributes to the lighting design in the room.

11. A thousand functions in one

No doubt – this staircase is one of the absolute favourites on the list. With its mix of black steel and light wood, it offers a fantastic design and at the same time fulfils an incredible number of functions. It is a staircase, bookshelf, desk, table, cupboard with drawers and storage space all in one. Who would have thought that you could do so much more with a staircase than just climb up and down?

12. Along the wall

This staircase looks like it is connected to the wall. It adapts perfectly to every corner and every turn of the wall. The spots in the wall ensure optimal visibility and contribute to safety if there is no railing.

13. For the little ones in the house

There never seems to be enough space in the house for children to play. This staircase has therefore turned into a great place for the children. If you ask the little ones, this staircase with a built-in shop is guaranteed to be their absolute favourite.

14. Use every inch

The space created under this staircase also opens up many possibilities. A wooden cupboard was installed here, which on the one hand has a decorative effect, but on the other hand, can also solve many storage space problems in a small apartment.


15. Hidden and discreet

This staircase is hidden behind a false wall—an original and fun idea to integrate a staircase into the room. This staircase is also perfect for rooms with high ceilings.

Another example of lots of storage space in the stairs

Now you've gotten to know our great 15 tips for stairs in small houses and you're sure to have a favourite that would look great in your house or multi-story apartment. An interior designer can help you decide and plan your small staircase so that it ultimately looks beautiful. No matter whether you choose a room staircase, a steep staircase or round stairs, each has its charm. Using a spiral staircase inside can also be a space-saving solution.

One point that particularly impressed us was using the small staircase as storage space. For this reason, we will finally show you an example of how you can store numerous things such as shoes, clothing, bed linen, towels or much more conveniently and easily accessible under a staircase. By the way, your little trick with these stairs only becomes apparent when you look closely.

What's your favourite staircase design in this idea book?

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