Follow these steps to beautiful, functional staircase design

When we discuss home design and remodeling with clients, sometimes what’s under our feet tends to get overlooked or at least take a backseat to other features. In the past, we’ve discussed the variety of flooring options available that can enhance the beauty of your home. But if you have a multi-level home like many people, you may not have given much thought to the stairs themselves.

While functionality will almost always be paramount when it comes to the path that takes you from one floor to another, staircase design shouldn’t be overlooked because it influences everything from aesthetics and home value to safety.

By thoughtfully considering the design of your home’s staircase, you can achieve a structure that is both practical and beautiful.

Five considerations for staircase design


A staircase often serves as a home’s focal point, especially if it’s located in the main living area or entryway. A well-designed staircase can contribute to the style and visual appeal of your entire house, making a great first impression on family and guests alike.

A unique staircase that showcases craftsmanship and creativity can even elevate the architectural character of your home. Like each aspect of home design, staircases also present an opportunity to highlight your personal style, whether you prefer a modern look or something more traditional.

Functionality and Safety

Outside of the aesthetics, your staircase still must prioritize safety and functionality. Handrail placement, step size, tread depth and even lighting all contribute to the usability and safety of a staircase, especially if you have children, elderly residents, or individuals with mobility issues who live in or visit the home.


If you have a staircase in your home, then you already know they can take up a significant amount of space. By optimizing the design, you can make the most of your available space and even create additional storage or functional areas within or around the staircase. Even if space is limited, adding features into the staircase (such as built-in shelving or a wine rack) will maximize its functionality.


By their nature, staircases facilitate movement between different levels of the house. Design should encourage smooth circulation throughout the space, ensuring easy, efficient access to all areas of the home.

Property Value

Believe it or not, a well-designed staircase can increase your home’s value. Buyers often pay attention to the quality and design of staircases, so investing in a stylish yet functional staircase may have a positive impact on resale value.

Types of Staircase Design

Once you’ve considered overall staircase design, it’s important determine what your staircase will look like and what materials/features you will incorporate. Here are some ideas:

Classic Stairs.  These steps are exactly what they sound like, most often constructed with common types of hardwoods. Although they are traditional, that doesn’t mean they aren’t also beautiful. Many homeowners choose creative handrails or spindles to add style.

Floating Stairs.  This modern design creates a visually striking effect by appearing to “float” without visible support. Sleek and minimalist, these staircases are great for contemporary-designed interiors but would feel out of place in a more traditional or transitional-designed home.

Spiral Stairs.  A spiral staircase not only adds a touch of elegance and charm, it is ideal if you’re looking to save space. They are constructed using various materials such as metal, wood or even glass, offering a wide range of design options.

Curved Stairs.  A curved staircase will add a sense of sophistication to the home. It makes a great focal point in entryways, in particular.

Under-Stair Storage.  Maximize space and efficiency by incorporating storage solutions beneath the stairs. Think beyond just empty space to include built-in cabinets and drawers, or even consider opportunities to add a workspace or cozy reading nook.

Custom Railing Designs.  As mentioned previously, you can personalize the staircase with custom-designed railings or spindles featuring intricate patterns or motifs that reflect your style and personality.

Contrasting Materials.  Additionally, mixing different materials like wood and metal can help create a visually striking staircase. For example, you could consider wooden steps with metal railings (or vice versa), adding depth and texture to your design.

Natural Elements.  Capitalize on a recent design trend that looks here to stay by bringing the outdoors inside through natural elements like stone or reclaimed wood. Connect your home with nature while creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Interesting in remodeling or adding a staircase to your home? Give the specialists at Tracy Tesmer Design/Remodeling a call today. We are experts when it comes to whole home remodeling, additions, bathrooms, kitchens and more. Contact us today!