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45 Half-Turn Staircase Ideas (Photos)


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A two-tone half-turn staircase with stainless steel railing and wooden treads on a brown wall along a hallway.
A two-tone half-turn staircase with stainless steel railing and wooden treads on a brown wall along a hallway.

Elegant half-turn staircase with dark brown ornate balustrade that matches the treads. It creates a unified look with the hardwood flooring and white walls.

Elegant half-turn staircase with dark brown ornate balustrade that matches the treads. It creates a unified look with the hardwood flooring and white walls.

Spacious living room features a white half-turn staircase accented with wood treads. There's a wall plant mounted beneath it.

Spacious living room features a white half-turn staircase accented with wood treads. There’s a wall plant mounted beneath it.

A half-turn staircase with white riser and wooden treads along with stainless steel railings on the wainscoted walls.

A half-turn staircase with white riser and wooden treads along with stainless steel railings on the wainscoted walls.

White tiled half-turn staircase with a thin hand railing on the first level and wooden spindles on the second. 

White tiled half-turn staircase with a thin hand railing on the first level and wooden spindles on the second.

A classy curved half-turn staircase with open tread and stainless steel railing. It is illuminated by stair lights fitted on the white walls.

A classy curved half-turn staircase with open tread and stainless steel railing. It is illuminated by stair lights fitted on the white walls.

Half-turn staircase with white straight single stringer and spindles along with wooden treads and railing complementing the white walls and hardwood flooring.

Half-turn staircase with white straight single stringer and spindles along with wooden treads and railing complementing the white walls and hardwood flooring.

An open archway that leads to the white half-turn staircase with wrought iron spindles and wooden railings. It is beautifully covered with gray carpet.

An open archway that leads to the white half-turn staircase with wrought iron spindles and wooden railings. It is beautifully covered with gray carpet.

High angle view of a dark wooden half-turn staircase with balustrade wall illuminated by a white pendant light.

High angle view of a dark wooden half-turn staircase with balustrade wall illuminated by a white pendant light.

A modern half-turn staircase with wooden treads and stainless steel railing. It has a single stringer that creates a floating look.

A modern half-turn staircase with wooden treads and stainless steel railing. It has a single stringer that creates a floating look.

Light wood half-turn staircase with no railings surrounded with white walls and tiled flooring. It is accented with potted plants beneath it.

Light wood half-turn staircase with no railings surrounded with white walls and tiled flooring. It is accented with potted plants beneath it.

Gorgeous half-turn staircase with tiled treads and mosaic risers along with redwood balustrade that complements with the wall. There's a scallop curtain on the second level for added elegance.

Gorgeous half-turn staircase with tiled treads and mosaic risers along with redwood balustrade that complements with the wall. There’s a scalloped curtain on the second level for added elegance.

Brick walls surrounded this tempered glass open-riser staircase that features a stainless steel handrail and wooden stringers.

Brick walls surrounded this tempered glass open-riser staircase that features a stainless steel handrail and wooden stringers.

Spacious foyer featuring a half-turn staircase covered with carpet and with aluminum balustrade illuminated by fancy glass chandeliers.

Spacious foyer featuring a half-turn staircase covered with carpet and with aluminum balustrade illuminated by fancy glass chandeliers.

Wooden half-turn staircase with cove molding accented with a lovely blue diamond patterned runner along the front foyer.

Wooden half-turn staircase with cove molding accented with a lovely blue diamond patterned runner along with the front foyer.

Light wood staircase complementing the hardwood flooring with open riser and stainless steel spindles. It is lighted by a wall sconce and designed with a potted plant that brings life to the space.

Light wood staircase complementing the hardwood flooring with open riser and stainless steel spindles. It is lighted by a wall sconce and designed with a potted plant that brings life to space.

Tall half-turn staircase featuring wood handrail and glass railing along the white walls.

Tall half-turn staircase featuring wood handrail and glass railing along the white walls.

Lovely wooden half-turn staircase with steel handrail and open riser against the white and brick walls. Space beneath it was maximized by placing a storage cabinet.

Lovely wooden half-turn staircase with steel handrail and open riser against the white and brick walls. Space beneath it was maximized by placing a storage cabinet.

A sophisticated half-turn staircase lined with a white shaggy runner. It is paired with a Victorian rug and illuminated by a lovely crystal chandelier and wall sconce.

A sophisticated half-turn staircase lined with a white shaggy runner. It is paired with a Victorian rug and illuminated by a lovely crystal chandelier and wall sconce.

Concrete outdoor staircase leading to the front door with a raised planter bed on its side.

Concrete outdoor staircase leading to the front door with a raised planter bed on its side.

Black wooden half-turn staircase with a modern look. It has single stringer, stainless steel balustrade and an open riser.

Black wooden half-turn staircase with a modern look. It has a single stringer, stainless steel balustrade, and an open riser.

Natural wood half-turn staircase features a frameless glass balustrade against the white walls and glass windows.

Natural wood half-turn staircase features a frameless glass balustrade against the white walls and glass windows.

A closeup look of a rustic half-turn staircase with concrete steps and wood balustrade along the white walls. 

A closeup look of a rustic half-turn staircase with concrete steps and wood balustrade along the white walls.

Modern floating staircase with single stringer, wooden tread and stainless steel balustrade. It is designed with a blue patterned rug and a white chair.

Modern floating staircase with single stringer, wooden tread, and stainless steel balustrade. It is designed with a blue patterned rug and a white chair.

Spacious foyer with a hardwood flooring features a two-tone half-turn staircase with ornate balustrade and wood treads.

Spacious foyer with a hardwood flooring features a two-tone half-turn staircase with ornate balustrade and wood treads.

A half-turn staircase with natural wood tread and open riser along with a frameless glass balustrade that complements the glass walls.

A half-turn staircase with natural wood tread and open riser along with a frameless glass balustrade that complements the glass walls.

Black half-turn staircase with open riser and stainless steel balustrade along the gray hallway decorated with huge frames.

White half-turn staircase accented with a black and white diamond patterned marble tile flooring. It has gray wooden balustrade and built-in storage beneath it.

Traditional staircase with white riser and dark wood treads designed with a fiddle leaf fig plant and multi-colored geometric rugs.

A transitional half-turn staircase features wrought iron ornate spindles and wood treads along white wainscoting lighted by a gold wall sconce and matching chandelier.

A foyer illuminated by an industrial chandelier features a light wood half-turn staircase with wrought iron spindles and wooden handrailing.

Half-turn staircase accented with shiplap walls and wooden treads along with hardwood flooring. It is lighted by a candle chandelier that hung over a blue rug.

Contemporary staircase with wrought iron railings and wooden treads that matches the walls and floor against an accent brick wall. Vintage jugs beneath it create a rustic feel.

Lovely entrance hall with round center table and patterned walls designed with a sunburst mirror. It features a magnificent half-turn staircase lined with a carpet runner.

Transitional half-turn staircase with thin steel railings accented with a fabulous peculiar white chair paired with a small side table.

Modern staircase with dark wood treads, open riser and steel handrail along the white walls. There’s a wooden cabinet beneath it to save the empty space.

Cream half-turn staircase showcases a frameless glass balustrade and wooden handrail and treads against a white wall.

Open riser half-turn staircase with landing surrounded by pebbles. It features a frameless balustrade lined with a thin steel handrail.

Wooden half-turn staircase with glass balustrade illuminated with bubble crystal ball pendant lights.

Half-turn staircase accented with black treads and glass balustrade framed with a wooden handrail along the gray walls.

Modern staircase with open riser and glass balustrade complements the floor to ceiling windows overlooking lovely outdoor scenery.

Black half-turn staircase with single stringer and thin stainless steel railings against the white walls and hardwood flooring.

An interesting black decor complements the half-turn staircase with frameless glass balustrade and open riser on a marble floor.

Spacious entrance hall with a concrete half-turn staircase in the corner featuring stainless steel railings.

A half-turn staircase consists of two parallel flights of stairs linked by a landing that requires a 180 degree turn when going up or down the stairs. They are also called U-shaped or switchback stairs.

Half-turn staircases offer a break for people walking on the stairs, just like other stairs with landings, but they also allow you to add shelving, a bench or unique window to the landing space. A well-crafted landing lets you show off a prized collection on a shelf, or provide a comfortable seat for people to rest or look out a window into the yard or other outdoor space.

We have photos of 59 half-turn staircase design ideas in our gallery, and we add more each week. Half-turn staircases place second in popularity with homeowners, next to straight staircases.

Pros and Cons of Half-Turn Staircases

Pros

  • Easy to fit into any architectural plan
  • Offers a place to rest
  • Landing can be used as a decorative focal point

Cons

  • Harder to build

Should You Use Half-Turn Stairs in Your House?

Half-turn staircases can be built in most homes, and you might want to list it as one of our top choices if you have tall ceilings or a house with more than two stories.

The landing platform helps break falls, so if you have children or people with mobility problems in your household half-turn staircases are safer than a straight or spiral design.

Ideas for Half-turn Stairs in Several Styles

Half-turn stairs, when designed and built properly, are an attractive and safe way to connect the floors of your house. They are suitable for any house style, including beach houses, industrial lofts, cottages and Craftsman homes.

A half-turn staircase in a modern home can use metal or hardwood stairs, with or without railings, for a minimalist look. White-painted metal railings with metal strings as balusters provide a light touch for airy modern homes and provide an uncluttered ambiance.

Glass treads without risers enclosed in a glass fence will give you an even better sense of light and space. Add a landing made of wood or metal for visual appeal.

Get creative if you live in an industrial, factory-style building (or are going for an industrial look) by pairing concrete stairs with teak balusters and railings. Outdoors, you can use metal in a mesh pattern as treads, with a concrete fence around the steps, or leave the stringers on the side open.

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