358 Staircase Wood Railing Design Photos And Ideas

The treads of the staircase lift to reveal storage cubbies, where Emma keeps Isla and Ivy’s toys and books.
The stairs to the right lead up to the family bedrooms. Directly ahead is the new music room—one of the three additions completed by Larsen in 2020.
A Magis Officina Bench sits at the entrance of a second-story suite. Local artist Wu Yanrong's Migratory Birds series accents the staircase walls to reflect its internationally mobile tenants.
Scene Shang’s acrylic-detailed Shang system table was a special collaboration with Singaporean designer Larry Peh. It perfectly complements the interior's existing glass brick walls.
Each floor now benefits from the natural light brought in by the atrium.
The interior openings frame composed sightlines of the sculptural internal staircase.
The cedars slats filter natural light.
Vertical wood post act as a screen between circulation and sleeping spaces. An exterior, double-height wall of translucent Rodeca cladding extends along the staircase, leading you to the master bedroom loft.
Inside, wood adds softness, texture, and warmth while allowing light to filter through.  At the stair and master bedroom loft above, timber is used as an architectural screening material which provides some partition between spaces.
“Each of the bedroom spaces is split level, which creates a play space for the children on the lower level that can later be adapted for study. The master bedroom is designed with a dressing area in the upper space that opens onto an en suite,” note the architects.
The sweeping, curved oak staircase with an oak balustrade leads to the first floor, which—unlike the ground floor’s polished concrete flooring—features herringbone oak parquet floors. Underfloor heating is powered by a 12kW ground-source heat pump with 600 meters of pipe buried in the garden.
The curved portion of the roof provides added headspace for the loft-style bedroom. "I really like the bubble windows along the storage stairs," Dan says. "They match the curvy aspects of the house, and you can put your head inside them and see 180 degrees."
A roof window positioned above the double-height stair fills the space with natural light, which reflects off the light-colored birch plywood.
The stair leads to a small communal landing on the loft level that opens to the new bedroom. "The communal living spaces are a really important part of the design, and it would have been easy to try and cram in more bedroom space," says the client, Andrew. "Instead, the main hallway that BVDS drew at the core of the house is a real triumph in our view."
“The project has a mezzanine height of 10.7 feet with the purpose of dignifying rural housing through the creation of larger spaces,” add the architects.
Polished concrete flooring is used throughout, while timber surfaces lend a sense of warmth.
“We had the brainy idea to combine all of the crazy colors throughout the house into a color palette going during the stairs,” says Claudia. “So now, when you walk into the house, you are hit with a beautiful presentation on the staircase of all the colors you are going to see throughout the house.”
A ladder leads from the first floor to a sleeping loft.
The hexagonal structure is a geometry enthusiast’s dream, with plenty of angles and lines.
A spiral staircase runs through the center of the house, serving as a chimney that pulls cool air up from the ground floor as hot air exits through windows on the top level.
Architect Catherine Milanese wanted to use a single material—fir plywood—for the stringer, the stairs, and the risers, visually integrating the stairway with the wood box that contains the mezzanine level.
The underwater pool window not only adds a touch of whimsy, but helps illuminate the basement.
The stair was crafted from birch plywood and milled with a CNC mill so that it could be delivered and assembled as a kit of parts.
Natural light pours into the stairwell.
A switchback staircase accommodates a grand piano handed down from Anton’s father.
Clinton Cole, architect, builder, and director at CPlusC Architectural Workshop, gave Welcome to the Jungle House, his family's home in suburban Sydney, the eco-friendly treatment, what with a solar-panel facade, rainwater harvesting, and a rooftop full of fruits and vegetables and a fish pond. Visitors are first ushered into the imposing steel "shroud" entry, facing the timber-clad staircase.
Architect Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is located in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might as aptly refer to the house itself. Though all the on-site plants are mundane home-center varieties, they grow to uncanny heights in the moist, sunny environment.
Two signature features of MB Architecture–designed prefabs are a double-height space and a wide staircase. “We love the wide staircase—it becomes a place to sit, and watch sunsets,” says Behrooz.
A modern staircase creates a visual connection to the woodland that surrounds the property.
The stairs and guard rail are made of Ash. Vertical beams are connected to the white, steel substructure with hex-head screws that have been concealed with putty—a simple technique that makes a strong impact. “There are barely any other decorative elements in the interior space,” explains Sonja. “It is all about the play of forms, plans, surfaces, and the patterns of the different wooden coatings under the light.”
Dark hardwood lines the floors on both levels of the 6,200-square-foot dwelling. An open library and loft accentuate the home's large main foyer.
On the other side of the front door, stairs lead up to the remaining bedrooms. A large bay window—protected from the Arizona sun by the ramada—graces the foyer leading to the dining room.
To bring natural light into the center of the home, LeBlanc inserted a thin skylight above the stairs. The chandelier is from Michael Anastassiaees. “We wanted to find something contemporary that had nice lines,” LeBlanc says. “It seemed perfect because it acts like a 3-D mobile and has the geometric qualities Kevin likes in art.”
The large garden room features walls clad in richly textured Birch wood, an asphalt tile floor, and exposed joists along the ceiling.
The front stairway features a delicate archway and wood flooring. While the goal wasn’t to match the same timber, the addition’s minimalist color palette and choice of timber help smooth the gap between the old and the new.
The partial basement holds storage and an entertainment room. A skylight over the stairs floods the area with natural light.
With white oak treads and a steel-and-glass railing, the new staircase is much more elegant.
A peek at the stunning Pei-designed spiral staircase, capped with an oblong skylight.
A loft area overlooks the living room. This space could easily be converted into a home office, meditation nook, or play area, depending on the owner’s needs.
The public spaces are located on the upper floor, while most of the bedrooms and full bathrooms are located on the lower floor.
The Leroy Setziol front door now hangs in a place of honor in the living room, across from the piece by his daughter. The new flooring is walnut, and the stairs were redesigned in fir and walnut.
The floor plan was streamlined by demolishing a wall between the living room and dining area. A staircase with white oak steps leads to the new top floor, which contains the master suite, roof deck, and study. “Opening up the space a bit, improving the views and flow, and adding that upper level added more opportunities for Greg and Kirsten to enjoy time with their family,” says architect Robert Miller of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
The previous owners had created the duplex by linking two apartments  with a spiral staircase. A pendant lamp by Muuto now overlooks the staircase, which has been reinvigorated with a new birch plywood surround.  The material is a unifying motif:  The shelves and cabinets  designed by Delaunay, including those in the kitchen, are made of it.
The cottage’s new "upside-down" floor plan separates the private zones below from the social zones on the upper floor and makes entertaining much easier, says Adair.
"I get a lot of personal satisfaction from the stairs and continuous handrail that runs from the rooftop deck to the ground floor," says Adair. "The stairs and this handrail detail took quite some time to perfect before they were made."
A view of the contrasting stairs that lead down to the main floor.
Looking from the dining area, wood cladding extends from the entryway ceiling up to railings in a second floor loft.
The interior staircase of the original 1925 townhouse was restored to serve as an entrance to all the apartments in the complex.
A staircase guides visitors from the home's entry in the rough cement base to the bright and airy residential space.
Another view of the staircase. The carpet is by Stanton.
The staircase, which connects the home’s three levels, affords privacy while allowing light to flow through the interior.
A cylindrical glass staircase with Western red cedar and painted steel mullions dominates the front of the house. The stair treads, along with the floor, are made of recycled spotted gum.
Though they give the appearance of bent plywood, each curved layer of this ribbed staircase's corridor was constructed with flat, laminated cutouts, including the rounded hand rail.
Full-height shelving lines the wood staircase, providing plenty of space for the homeowner's unique collections.
Minimal interventions by architect Andrew Simpson allowed this former jam warehouse outside of Melbourne, Australia, to be turned into a family residence. "To draw light and ventilation into what was a poorly oriented and deep footprint, an extensive number of operable skylights were introduced on the north- and south-facing roof pitches, and a large void connecting the floors was strategically positioned to also take advantage of this amenity," Simpson says. American oak floorboards and Dulux paint were used throughout the property for continuity.

Whether grand and sweeping, rendered in wood, or a minimalist arrangment of metal and glass, the modern staircase is an example of literally elevated design. With its strong, geometric shape and functional importance, a masterful staircase can serve as the centerpiece of a building. Below are some notable examples of staircases that refuse to be ignored, and the creative tread and railing decisions that comprise them.