1,054 Staircase Wood Tread Design Photos And Ideas

The new timber stairs wrap around the outer walls of the home, replacing the original staircase which divided the living and dining spaces on the ground floor. The new stairs allow the two spaces to be connected via an open plan.
The project’s signature material was discovered on a trip to a recycled brick yard, where Welsch and the homeowners found light, cream-colored bricks and fell in love. "It was a decision made on the spot," explains Welsch. The original plan was to find darker materials that would make the home feel more cozy and cave-like, but the way these bricks reflected the sunlight was just irresistible. "You don’t necessarily expect that soft light feeling from a material like brick."
The sculptural new staircase, fronted with a faceted, Baltic birch handrail, features storage underneath that reduces clutter.
The handrail continues onto the mezzanine as a slanted balustrade that follows the upper level’s triangulated plan. "It looks like a complicated system, but on closer look, most of the surfaces are planar," says Amanda. "We did this to ensure that the project could be constructed as accurately as possible."
The staircase and handrail were assembled from 10 custom fabricated panels, angled to break up the visual continuity.
A skylight at the top of the staircase, which winds around a carambola tree, floods the interior with sunlight.
The tall and slender home’s split levels and indoor/outdoor quality make it feel larger than its modest size.
Sunlight interacts with the carambola tree, casting shadows onto the wooden stair treads.
A slight extension of drywall out from the stair treads helps create enough space underneath to squeeze a bathroom.
Upon entering into this 1950s home in Germany, visitors are greeted by a wall of storage in a dusty pink hue, giving the space warmth and efficient closet space in one fell swoop.
A good dose of inspiration from Luis Barragán turned a dark and beleaguered midcentury house into a family home for the ages. The paint colors chosen by the residents and architect Linda Taalman are American Cheese and Blushing Bride, both by Benjamin Moore, creating a tapestry of color and texture.
The screen extends down to the basement mudroom.
The screen was fabricated by the contractor O’Brien Wood & Iron. "I like this treatment because it’s so dynamic," says Jocie. "It acts as a separator, but it does have some transparency and visibility with it." The existing red oak floors in this room were stripped and bleached to more closely match the new white oak stairs and floors.
The structure of the stair was maintained, but the treads were replaced with new engineered wood flooring that got a coat of black paint.
From the living area, a winding staircase leads to the second level with an additional living space and two guest rooms.
The stairs are comprised of a twisting metal frame and wooden steps.
“The house has all the makings of a home, but it’s also an artistic expression and statement,” says Justine.
At the taller end of the 2,575-square-foot house, a second story holds two bedrooms, one of which Justine uses as a music room and office.
A staircase ascends past inset shelves to the second floor.
The doorframe to one of the roof decks follows the shape of the roofline.
The narrow, steel and-wood staircase maximizes space for the rooms.
A steel brise-soleil in the hallway by the stairwell highlights the play of shadow and light as the sun moves. The stair is made from the same fallen silk oak tree as the dining table. Using this found timber not only created a relationship with the site, but helped to control the budget.
Stairs lead up to the mezzanine level, which can also be accessed from the outdoors.
Hidden storage underneath the stairs provides space for an organized kitchen pantry.
The stairs are one of the best parts of the renovation and were assembled on-site, stretching from basement to the top floor.
Artwork throughout the house is courtesy of Lexi’s friends.
The stairwell features mesh, a product actually used in landscaping. "It stretches so we quite liked it because it was agricultural and referenced rural fencing that you see outside. It's almost like chicken wire fencing,
The guardrail features a laser-cut steel pattern, and it’s flanked by a thrifted cabinet that once belonged to Buffy Chandler.
Fittingly, there are numerous whimsical elements inside Lake Cottage, a reinterpreted tree house in Ontario. There is the wood-burning fireplace with the house-shaped surround, for example, the scalloped shingles, and the staircase made from a huge maple log scraped of its bark that leads to the loft. "This abstract nature of the interior spaces allows imagination to flow, and those spaces that could be identified as a domestic interior can suddenly become play spaces," say the architects.
The oak staircase pivots as it leads from the bedroom on the top level to the living room on the second level.
A sizable oak staircase, with a large landing and storage beneath it, leads to each level of the home.
The sculptural oak staircase reinforces the villa's predilection for simplicity and natural materials.
The honed marble countertop is a rich charcoal shade, with ultra-fine white veins. Simple black IKEA kitchen cabinets offer ample storage options for the tiny space.
The sleek stairwell features a monotone white color palette. A range of textures comes into play with the milk glass pendant light and the wall of powder-coated steel mesh.
The stairs leading up to Brenda’s studio are bathed in light from a giant wall of glass. The light fixtures are by Michael Anastassiades.
"It was important to make clear that compact living does not mean losing space for all of your collected items," says Rocha.
A built-in pine bookcase integrates with the staircase and climbs one of the walls on the first and second levels.
White plaster walls and a curved ceiling play up natural lighting, while minimalist decor and furnishings (many of which they designed themselves) make the small space feel larger.
The wrapping of the stairs mirrors that of the slide—and allows the stairs to fit beneath the low-point of the basement ceiling. “We wanted to create a light balustrade that felt a bit like a ribbon,” says architect Trevor Wallace. “The mesh was a nice way to integrate that movement.”

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.