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