33 Flamboyant Modern Staircase Designs


Check out these 33 flamboyant modern staircase designs. Steel, glass and wood in various designs including several incredible spiral staircase designs.

Two story kitchen and dining area with modern steel and wood staircase

Staircases in a home can enhance a home’s decor.  The sky is the limit when it comes to stair design.  I love stair design and particularly like modern stair design.


I’ll start off this gallery with a brief explanation and diagram of the main components of staircases.

Main parts of a staircase

Parts of a Staircase DiagramIn order to get a better understanding of stairs, check out our parts of a staircase diagram to the right.

Main parts explained:

Riser:  The riser is the height between steps (i.e. treads).  Some stairs have closed risers while others have open risers.  You’ll notice that many of the modern staircases in our gallery have open risers.


Tread:  A tread is the step.  Some modern staircases have floating treads jutting out of the wall or a central pole in the case of spiral staircases.

Newel:  The main supporting post at the bottom of the staircase.

Stringer:  A stringer can be open which gives the staircase a jagged side profile (see diagram to the right).  Stringers can also be closed which means the treads (steps) are placed into grooves.

Baluster:  The “fence” so to speak running up the length of the staircase.  Balusters can be a series of spools but can also be closed in with glass or other materials.  In some staircases (see our gallery below), the baluster is a series of horizontal cables.

Handrail:  The railing sitting on top of the baluster.

Depending on the complexity of the staircase, there may be many other components, but the above list is a listing of the main components found on most staircases.

Modern Staircases Gallery

Open stringer modern straight staircase with no baluster; although the open side has partial glass walls.
Open stringer modern straight staircase with no baluster; although the open side has partial glass walls.
Modern staircase with floating treads jutting out of the wall.  No baluster or handrail.  Treads are entirely natural wood.
Modern staircase with floating treads jutting out of the wall. No baluster or handrail. Treads are entirely natural wood.
Spiral all-wood staircase from apartment living room to the loft room with closed stringers and open risers.
Spiral all-wood staircase from apartment living room to the loft room with closed stringers and open risers.
Single steel stringer supports the all-wood treads in this modern staircase design.  Baluster is made entirely of glass.
Single steel stringer supports the all-wood treads in this modern staircase design. Baluster is made entirely of glass.
Spiral steel staircase from main living area to loft bedroom.  This is an example of floating treads from a central supporting pole.
Spiral steel staircase from main living area to loft bedroom. This is an example of floating treads from a central supporting pole.
Log staircase with a single log stringer placing treads in groves. Baluster is also made of small logs.
Log staircase with a single log stringer placing treads in groves. Baluster is also made of small logs.

Check out some more fantastic log home designs.

Modern staircase with metal baluster and single spine stringer supporting the individual steps with an open riser.
Modern staircase with metal baluster and single spine stringer supporting the individual steps with an open riser.
Illuminated tile staircase to TV room in the basement.  Treads integrated into the closed stringers that seamlessly are part of the wall.
Illuminated tile staircase to TV room in the basement. Treads integrated into the closed stringers that seamlessly are part of the wall.
Modern stairs with open black metal stringer, open riser, wood treads and glass baluster.
Modern stairs with open black metal stringer, open riser, wood treads and glass baluster.
Panoramic view of the wood, metal and glass staircase above.
Panoramic view of the wood, metal and glass staircase above.
Dark stairs with under-step lighting and a lit railing
Dark stairs with under-step lighting and a lit railing
Staircase with closed metal stringers.  Baluster is made up of cables.  Staircase leads from open living space to loft bedroom.
Staircase with closed metal stringers. Baluster is made up of cables. Staircase leads from open living space to loft bedroom.
Steel and wood straight staircase with midway landing. Baluster is comprised of a wood railing and cables.  Steel closed stringer supports the outside part of the treads.
Steel and wood straight staircase with midway landing. Baluster is comprised of a wood railing and cables. Steel closed stringer supports the outside part of the treads.
Reverse view of the staircase above.
Reverse view of the staircase above.
Spiral winding concrete staircase in concrete stairwell with glass baluster and steel handrail.
Spiral winding concrete staircase in concrete stairwell with glass baluster and steel handrail.
Spiral staircase inside glass stairwell in the middle of large foyer of a luxury home.
Spiral staircase inside glass stairwell in the middle of large foyer of a luxury home
Spiral steel staircase with treads jutting out of central metal pole.  Single metal handrail wraps around the stairs.  Wood treads match the wood floor of the home.
Spiral steel staircase with treads jutting out of central metal pole. Single metal handrail wraps around the stairs. Wood treads match the wood floor of the home.

Check out the staircases featured in some of these fantastic foyers.

Open black metal thin stringer supports wooden treads (steps) and risers with this modern staircase that appears to float.
Open black metal thin stringer supports wooden treads (steps) and risers with this modern staircase that appears to float.
Wood staircase with treads supported by thin metal stringers with half-landing in white stairwell.
Wood staircase with treads supported by thin metal stringers with half-landing in white stairwell.
Straight staircase with black metal baluster set against a concrete wall.
Straight staircase with black metal baluster set against a concrete wall.
Interesting white staircase with no outside stringer floats above children's play and desk area.
Interesting white staircase with no outside stringer floats above children’s play and desk area.
Spiral staircase encased in semi-circular stairwell.  Treads supported by thin black metal open stringers.  Steps are natural light wood.
Spiral staircase encased in semi-circular stairwell. Treads supported by thin black metal open stringers. Steps are natural light wood.
View of modern staircase from above.  Stairs are wood with metal handrail.  Lower portion of stairs look through glass ceiling.
View of modern staircase from above. Stairs are wood with metal handrail. Lower portion of stairs look through glass ceiling.
Wood steps encased in closed stringer.  The ornate metal handrail and baluster make this staircase stand out.
Wood steps encased in closed stringer. The ornate metal handrail and baluster make this staircase stand out.
Intricate half-landing modern staircase with a single spine stringer, open risers, wood handrail with brushed glass baluster.
Intricate half-landing modern staircase with a single spine stringer, open risers, wood handrail with brushed glass baluster.
Straight staircase with glass wall.
Straight staircase with glass wall.
All wood treads (steps) placed on single spine-like stringer with open risers.  Landing half way appears to float in the air.
All wood treads (steps) placed on single spine-like stringer with open risers. Landing half way appears to float in the air.
Staircase with glass steps (treads) and closed steel stringers.  Metal handrail on top of glass baluster.
Staircase with glass steps (treads) and closed steel stringers. Metal handrail on top of glass baluster.
Steep, almost ladder-like staircase up to loft space.
Steep, almost ladder-like staircase up to loft space.
Spiral staircase with wood steps jutting from central white steel pole.  Baluster made up of steel handrail and glass.
Spiral staircase with wood steps jutting from central white steel pole. Baluster made up of steel handrail and glass.
Close up of modern spiral staircase with wooden steps with open risers.  Glass and steel make up the baluster.
Close up of modern spiral staircase with wooden steps with open risers. Glass and steel make up the baluster.
Half-landing steel and wood staircase leading up to loft space.
Half-landing steel and wood staircase leading up to loft space.

Creative staircases can be great for spicing up your loft spaces.

Spiral glass and steel staircase climbing to top of ornate dome room.
Spiral glass and steel staircase climbing to top of ornate dome room.
Lower view of the staircase above.
Lower view of the staircase above.
Half-landing wood and steel staircase.
Half-landing wood and steel staircase.
Spiral staircase with treads floating out from central support pole.  Baluster is wood handrail and steel supporting rods.  Stairs lead up to loft space.
Spiral staircase with treads floating out from central support pole. Baluster is wood handrail and steel supporting rods. Stairs lead up to loft space.

Check out the staircases in this amazing home converted from a water tower.

Close up of the spiral staircase above.
Close up of the spiral staircase above.

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