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50 Quarter-Turn Staircase Ideas (Photos)


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Modern foyer with a quarter-turn staircase.

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A home's foyer boasting a quarter-turn staircase. The area features hardwood floors, white and yellow walls, along with a two-storey ceiling.

A home’s foyer boasting a quarter-turn staircase. The area features hardwood floors, white and yellow walls, along with a two-story ceiling.

A close up look at this quarter-turn staircase with stylish steps and iron railings. The home features brown tiles floors and light gray walls with artistic wall decors.

A close up look at this quarter-turn staircase with stylish steps and iron railings. The home features brown tiles floors and light gray walls with artistic wall decors.

A gorgeous modern foyer leading to the dining kitchen and living space. There's a staircase with hardwood steps and iron railings.

A gorgeous modern foyer leading to the dining kitchen and living space. There’s a staircase with hardwood steps and iron railings.

This foyer features gray tiles floors. There's a quarter-turn staircase on the side featuring hardwood steps and a stylish wall.

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This foyer features gray tiles floors. There’s a quarter-turn staircase on the side featuring hardwood steps and a stylish wall.

A foyer featuring a quarter turn staircase with hardwood steps covered with carpet. This entry leads straight to the home's living space with a cozy sofa set and a fireplace.

A foyer featuring a quarter-turn staircase with hardwood steps covered with carpet. This entry leads straight to the home’s living space with a cozy sofa set and a fireplace.

A Mediterranean house boasting hardwood floors. It offers a quarter-turn staircase featuring classy carpeted steps and hardwood handrails.

A Mediterranean house boasting hardwood floors. It offers a quarter-turn staircase featuring classy carpeted steps and hardwood handrails.

A second floor landing featuring gorgeous hardwood floors. It also has a quarter-turn staircase leading to the home's third floor.

A second-floor landing featuring gorgeous hardwood floors. It also has a quarter-turn staircase leading to the home’s third floor.

This home boasts a stunning foyer featuring a staircase with blue carpet steps and glass railings, lighted by scattered recessed ceiling lights.

This home boasts a stunning foyer featuring a staircase with blue carpet steps and glass railings, lighted by scattered recessed ceiling lights.

A focused shot at this home's contemporary quarter-turn staircase with hardwood steps and stylish glass railings, surrounded by gray walls.

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A focused shot at this home’s contemporary quarter-turn staircase with hardwood steps and stylish glass railings, surrounded by gray walls.

A focused shot at this home's stunning quarter-turn staircase with stylish floating steps made of hardwood.

A focused shot at this home’s stunning quarter-turn staircase with stylish floating steps made of hardwood.

A contemporary home boasting a modern living space and a stylish quarter-turn staircase with hardwood steps, lighted by white pendant lights.

A contemporary home boasting a modern living space and a stylish quarter-turn staircase with hardwood steps, lighted by white pendant lights.

A small entry featuring hardwood floors and white walls. It offers a quarter-turn staircase with white railings and gray carpet steps.

A small entry featuring hardwood floors and white walls. It offers a quarter-turn staircase with white railings and gray carpet steps.

A home's hallway featuring beige walls and hardwood floors. It offers a quarter-turn staircase featuring white railings and hardwood steps covered by brown carpet.

A home’s hallway featuring beige walls and hardwood floors. It offers a quarter-turn staircase featuring white railings and hardwood steps covered by brown carpet.

An elegant foyer featuring beige tiles flooring and a white ceiling. It boasts a quarter-turn modern staircase with glass railings.

An elegant foyer featuring beige tiles flooring and a white ceiling. It boasts a quarter-turn modern staircase with glass railings.

This home’s foyer features a quarter-turn staircase featuring iron railings and hardwood steps, lighted by wall lights set on the white walls.

A focused look at this rustic modern home’s quarter-turn staircase with iron railings. It also has an elegant side table on the side.

A foyer featuring white walls, hardwood floors and a tray ceiling lighted by a charming chandelier. It also offers a staircase with hardwood steps, handrails and railings.

Designed by Solitude Homes

A foyer featuring white walls, hardwood floors and a tray ceiling lighted by a charming chandelier. It also offers a staircase with hardwood steps, handrails and railings.

A spacious home landing featuring hardwood floors and a tall ceiling. It also has a gorgeous-looking quarter-turn staircase with hardwood steps covered by brown carpet.

This home’s entry boasts carpeted flooring and recessed ceiling lights. It offers a quarter-turn staircase with carpeted steps as well, along with hardwood handrails, lighted by wall lights.

This home’s entry features hardwood floors and a two-story ceiling. It also features a quarter-turn staircase with hardwood steps and handrails, along with glass railings.

A closer look at the home’s quarter-turn staircase with dark hardwood steps. The home features hardwood floors and glass windows.

This home’s foyer features hardwood floors and light gray walls. It has a quarter-turn staircase with carpeted steps and white railings, lighted by a classy chandelier as well.

A home with hardwood floors and white walls. It features a quarter-turn staircase featuring hardwood steps and white iron railings.

A gorgeous staircase with a built-in bed setup underneath. The stairs feature hardwood steps along with hardwood handrails.

This home boasts a staircase lighted by jaw-dropping ceiling lights hanging from the high ceiling. The home features hardwood flooring and glass railings.

This home features hardwood floors, gray walls and a high ceiling, together with the staircase featuring hardwood steps.

A stunning home landing boasting gray tiles floors and a two-story ceiling, together with the quarter-turn handsome-looking staircase lighted by a charming ceiling light.

This home boasts a quarter-turn staircase featuring hardwood steps and white railings. There’s a doorway underneath the staircase too.

This home offers a staircase with dark hardwood steps on the side of the dining area. The home features white walls and hardwood flooring.

Designed by Jon+Aud Design

This home offers a staircase with dark hardwood steps on the side of the dining area. The home features white walls and hardwood flooring.

A focused look at this home's stunning staircase with hardwood steps and glass railings, surrounded by white walls.

Designed by Raad Studio

A focused look at this home’s stunning staircase with hardwood steps and glass railings, surrounded by white walls.

A grand foyer boasting stylish hardwood floors and a two-story ceiling. There’s a gorgeous staircase leading to the home’s second floor.

This home features hardwood floors and a brick wall. It also offers a gorgeous staircase with white steps and wooden handrails.

This home boasts a modern quarter-turn staircase that looks very stylish. It has glass railings and is lighted by magnificent wall lights.

A close up look at this modern home’s modish quarter-turn staircase boasting hardwood steps and glass railings, surrounded by the home’s white walls.

A focused look at this home's modern staircase with hardwood steps and glass railings. The home features hardwood floors and stylish walls.

Designed by Design DCA

A focused look at this home’s modern staircase with hardwood steps and glass railings. The home features hardwood floors and stylish walls.

A focused shot at this foyer’s half-turn staircase featuring hardwood steps and white railings. The staircase is lighted by a breathtaking chandelier.

This home's foyer features a quarter-turn staircase featuring classy dark hardwood steps and handrails. The area is lighted by a glamorous ceiling light as well.

Designed by LKH Design, Inc.

This home’s foyer features a quarter-turn staircase featuring classy dark hardwood steps and handrails. The area is lighted by a glamorous ceiling light as well.

A stunning living space featuring a hardwood platform connected to the half-turn staircase with hardwood steps and glass railings. The area also offers large bookshelves as well.

Designed by O plus L

A stunning living space featuring a hardwood platform connected to the half-turn staircase with hardwood steps and glass railings. The area also offers large bookshelves as well.

A modern home featuring a staircase boasting hardwood steps matching the home's hardwood flooring. The staircase also boasts stylish glass railings.

Designed by Horst Architects

A modern home featuring a staircase boasting hardwood steps matching the home’s hardwood flooring. The staircase also boasts stylish glass railings.

A bright entry featuring white walls and hardwood floors. The home has a quarter-turn staircase featuring hardwood steps and glass railings.

Designed by Beth Haley Design

A bright entry featuring white walls and hardwood floors. The home has a quarter-turn staircase featuring hardwood steps and glass railings.

A spacious entry featuring white walls and hardwood floors. The home offers a quarter-turn staircase with hardwood steps and handrails, surrounded by the home’s white walls.

This foyer features dark hardwood floors and light gray walls. There's a quarter-turn staircase featuring carpeted steps and glass railings.

Designed by Neri Architects

This foyer features dark hardwood floors and light gray walls. There’s a quarter-turn staircase featuring carpeted steps and glass railings.

A spacious foyer featuring hardwood flooring and white walls. The area is lighted by a gorgeous ceiling light. There’s a staircase leading to the home’s second floor as well.

A modern home featuring a gorgeous staircase featuring hardwood steps surrounded by the home’s white walls with artistic wall decor.

A focused shot at this Mediterranean home’s staircase in the entry area, featuring hardwood steps matching the home’s hardwood floors.

A spacious foyer featuring hardwood flooring and white walls, together with the two-story ceiling. The area features a quarter-turn staircase lighted by a gorgeous chandelier.

This home's hallway features hardwood floors and classy pendant lights. The area offers a large staircase featuring hardwood steps and iron railings.

Designed by Witt Construction

This home’s hallway features hardwood floors and classy pendant lights. The area offers a large staircase featuring hardwood steps and iron railings.

A close up look at this rustic home's quarter-turn staircase featuring hardwood steps and handrails, along with a rustic wall.

Designed by Brickmoon Design

A close up look at this rustic home’s quarter-turn staircase featuring hardwood steps and handrails, along with a rustic wall.

A focused shot at this home entry’s quarter-turn staircase featuring hardwood steps and iron rails, surrounded by the home’s white walls.

You’ve seen a quarter-turn staircase or maybe you even have one. Quarter-turn stairs (also known as L-shaped stairs) are straight stairs with a bend in one portion of the staircase.

A landing is usually added to achieve the bend. The landing in a quarter-turn staircase is placed near the middle of a staircase. It’s called an L-shaped staircase when the bend transitions at the top or bottom of the staircase instead. The landing changes the flight of the stairs by 90 degrees and gives people a place to rest during their climb.

A quarter-turn staircase looks more interesting than a straight staircase and offers many unique design possibilities.

Check out our photo gallery, which features 30 quarter-turn staircase design ideas. We add more photos weekly.

Pros and Cons of Quarter-Turn Staircases

Pros

  • Quarter-turn staircases take up less space than straight stairs
  • You can’t see the upper floor from the lower floor, so quarter-turn stairs give you added privacy.
  • You can place quarter-turn stairs in the corner of a room.
  • Quarter turn stairs are safer than straight flight stairs because the landing provides a rest stop.

Cons

  • These stairs require more planning and are difficult to build.
  • Handrails for quarter-turn stairs are harder to construct.
  • When used as basement stairs, the design may make it difficult to move large items upstairs.

Quarter-Turn Staircase Designs Come in All Sizes

A quarter-turn staircase works well for any size space, from tight corners to sunny living rooms. Medium-sized designs are the most popular, some with floating wood treads and sleek metal handrails. Other medium designs include the more traditional wood stairs with risers. Some designs employ carpets or runners, but most use bare wood.

Small quarter-turn staircases fit in corners, and you can accentuate them with brightly painted walls, artwork, or oval-shaped windows.

You have more design choices with large spaces. You can experiment with handrails and spindles, using original designs and combination wood/metal railings.

Use Quarter-Turn Staircases in Any Style Home

Traditional quarter-turn staircase designs use the same building blocks as other staircases – wood stairs, with or without carpet, and wood balustrades and railings. The railings, as well as the newels at the bottom of the stairs, may be painted for contrast.

Wrought iron balusters and a mahogany railing make a quarter-turn staircase pop visually and add a dramatic flair to otherwise smooth design materials.

Consider using metal and glass if you want a wide-open, modern design, A contemporary quarter-turn staircase may have wood or metal slats without risers and glass “siding” instead of banisters, with metal railings.

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