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Straight staircase features wooden treads topped with a beige patterned stair runner against cream walls with picture frames and wall sconces.
Wooden staircase framed with glass paneled railings and white stringer surrounded by white walls and a floor to ceiling window.
Warm kitchen with a straight staircase fitted with concrete stringer and thin steel railing topped with wooden handrail.
Wooden staircase without railing lined with black stringer and fixed to the white brick wall.
Bright hallway boasts white walls and hardwood flooring that complements with the staircase fitted with black railing.
Elegant foyer displayed with classy wooden decor and white staircase framed with floor to ceiling glass panels that serve as its railing. It is lighted by sconces mounted on the gray stone wall.
Long and narrow hallway with a concrete straight staircase fixed with glass railing and illuminated by stair lights.
An eat-in kitchen showcasing a stone tile flooring and white wall fitted with a fireplace and an open riser staircase with single stringer and aluminum handrail.
Modern staircase along the hallway accented with an indoor plant. It has no railing, riser, and stringer thus, creating a floating look.
Spacious living room features vaulted walls and hardwood flooring along with a black couch that complements with the straight staircase fixed to the white wall.
An empty space with wood plank flooring that matches the single stringer staircase lined with thin steel railing against the white wall.
A top view of the wooden staircase with stainless steel railing in this white foyer surrounded with glass windows.
This foyer boasts a hardwood flooring topped with a vintage rug and staircase framed with ornate wrought iron balustrade illuminated by a classy candle chandelier.
Home entry with an open riser staircase featuring wood treads and decorative balustrade that complement with the vintage chandelier and wall sconces.
Fresh foyer showcasing indoor plants and a water feature underneath a single stringer staircase with open risers and wood treads framed with glass railings.
Clean white foyer boasts concrete flooring and an open riser staircase with light wood treads and stainless steel handrail fitted with glass balustrade. There’s a brown velvet chaise lounge paired with a metal side table beneath it.
Glazed entryway features tiled flooring topped with a shaggy runner and wooden staircase with steel railing fixed to the gray brick wall.
Straight staircase with light wood treads and steel railing topped with wooden handrail against a yellow wall.
Sophisticated foyer showcases a wooden staircase covered in gray floral patterned stair runner and fitted with white spindles and black handrail fixed on the cream wall with white wainscoting.
The charming foyer offers a straight staircase with wood treads wrapped in the diamond patterned runner and framed with white wooden balustrade against a full wainscoted wall.
An entryway features a glass paneled wooden door that complements with the staircase fitted with ornate wrought iron spindles and illuminated by a vintage glass chandelier.
This contemporary foyer boasts a rich wood plank flooring and an open riser staircase framed with thin steel railing and metal stringer. There’s a potted plant underneath filling up the empty space.
Straight staircase accented with black lining and stair lights along the gray hallway illuminated by wall sconces. It also has glass balustrade lined with deep gray handrail.
Modern foyer showcases panoramic windows with breathtaking outdoor scenery and a black staircase fitted with frameless glass panels.
Scandinavian entry hall decorated with rattan baskets and lighted by a black floor lamp along with a spherical string woven chandelier. It includes a straight two-toned staircase with mid landing fixed against white brick walls.
The classic foyer features a round wooden center table that sits on a red vintage rug and dark wood staircase dressed in elegant black stair runner.
Straight floating staircase with wooden treads and black steel handrail fixed to the gray wall. There’s a chair underneath over tiled flooring.
Industrial style staircase framed with steel railing and black metal stringer on a white and stone wall. The space beneath it is filled with a black frame and wire rotating display rack.
Contemporary staircase fitted with a frameless glass railing and light wood treads. It has a rustic chest drawer underneath it with a yellow tufted chair and round side table over black striped and orange layered rugs.
A straight staircase features wooden treads accented with black risers along with glass balustrade that’s topped with a black steel handrail. It is illuminated by a white industrial chandelier.
Street house staircase with wrought iron spindles and wooden treads that match with the wood plank flooring.
Charming entryway showcases a lovely pink door lined with wood border and a straight staircase with white spindles accented with gray handrail and post.
The spacious hallway boasts a polished gray brick flooring and an open riser staircase fitted with white stringers and stainless steel handrails.
Mono black stringer staircase with light wood treads and floor to ceiling glass balustrade for added safety.
A minimalist entryway filled with a gray velvet couch and black staircase without a railing illuminated by stair lights fixed to the white wall.
Gray hallway designed with huge framed artworks and wood plank flooring that matches with the straight staircase framed with glass railing.
Straight natural wood staircase with stainless steel handrail fixed to the wood paneled wall against full height glass windows.
The rustic house features full height glazing and a straight staircase with dark wood treads and unique metal handrail.
Concrete straight staircase fixed to the white walls and accented by colorful concave artwork.
Straight staircase with stair lights and wood treads that complements with the hardwood flooring. It is framed with a glass balustrade lined with a white handrail.
Sleek staircase showcases dark gray concrete landing and modern metal treads fixed to the light gray wall.
Cozy home boasts a hardwood flooring that matches with the staircase landing and wood treads.
Wood themed house featuring a unified look. It includes a straight staircase and black chimney illuminated by industrial bulbs and natural light that flows through the skylight.
Straight open riser staircase showcases black treads contrasted with white stringers and fitted with stainless steel handrails.
A contemporary staircase along the white hallway with open riser and white treads framed with glass railing.
The airy glazed house boasts an elegant marble flooring and a black straight staircase with mid landing.
Fresh open floor plan house offers a glazed entry door and dark hardwood flooring that complements with the staircase treads covered in a beige carpet.
Foyer with a white staircase accented with wooden treads along with ornate wrought iron spindles topped with wooden handrail.
This living area features a round coffee table surrounded with white chairs and accompanied by a baby grand piano beneath the wooden staircase framed with steel railing.
Transitional staircase showcases wooden stringers and thin steel railing. There’s an upright piano topped with white frames underneath it.
Elegant foyer styled with a wooden decor on a pedestal and a huge artwork mounted on the white wall. It includes a straight staircase framed with black panels and metal spindles.
A wooden staircase along the foyer fitted with a wooden arched door featuring ornate balustrade. It is illuminated by wall sconces fixed to the white wall.
A straight staircase is the most common staircase design, as it is the simplest to build and fits in most homes. A straight staircase has a straight flight of stairs that connects two levels of a building. It’s affordable and gives people walking up and down a view of the entire flight of stairs. A straight staircase reduces the chance of bumping into someone coming up the other direction.
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Pros and Cons of Straight Staircases
- Design-wise, a straight staircase is easier to modify. Add carpet, rug runners or tile to customize your stairs, or choose glass, metal or wood for your baluster or balustrade.
- Straight staircases are also safer for people with mobility issues. You can add a stairlift without sacrificing a stylish design. A stair lift can be added to the wall or the staircase itself.
- Straight stairs are suitable for any size space from huge waterfront living spaces to tiny spaces linking a basement to upper floors. Straight staircase design ideas are mostly geared for medium spaces linking a living room or kitchen to upper floors.
- Straight staircases don’t offer as much privacy as curved, turned or spiral staircases. Since the design lacks a visual barrier between floors, it is much easier to see the upper or lower floors. This may be a problem for houses with families living on different levels of a house.
- A straight staircase doesn’t have the landing platforms of a quarter-turn staircase or other designs, making it less interesting visually and lacking a “break” in the walking pattern. The lack of a landing may make it harder for seniors to navigate.
One Style, Many Possibilities
Straight staircases can be used in any room of your house or outdoors. Modern designs are quite popular and may incorporate floating metal treads (for outdoors and pool house access). Walnut or any hardwood can also be used for a tread-only design, with glass or metal railings for contrast.
You can use painted stone or concrete without a railing for an informal indoor vibe. Use patterned stair runners along with wood treads and risers for a country feel. Curved or circular newels complement the homespun look.
Scandinavian designs focus on open platforms and accent unfinished blond-colored wood with minimal railings. For something more ornate and traditional, choose wrought iron railing and balustrade with wood treads and risers.