ISSUE 28  |  The Smart Home

10 Radical Staircases for Tight Spaces

July 10, 2012 4:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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When space is tight, a clever strategy is to utilize the staircase for storage, seating—even sliding.

To see more, go to Storage: Understairs Solutions.; also see Storage: Kitchens Under the Stairs.

Above: Danish company Kokken Skaberne specializes in space-saving staircases and kitchens.

Above three photos: Italian architect Francesco Librizzi created this "almost 2-D frame that leads to a sleeping platform in a 1900 house." Photo by Giovanna Silva.

Above: A built-in reading alcove; via My Ideal Home.

Above: A bar by architect David Sarti, via Dwell.

Above: Built-in bicycle racks in a staircase designed by Postgreen Architects; via Dwell.

Above: A staircase unit by Netherlands-based Studio Ina and Matt features built-in shelving opportunities.

Above: A shelving system by Brooklyn-based Workstead doubles as a ladder leading to a sleeping loft.

Above: A staircase by architect Alex Michaelis; to see more, go to Children's Rooms: Indoor Climbing and Sliding Spaces.

Above: A set of drawers does double duty as a staircase in this bedroom in Sweden, first spotted on Purple Area (image via Elle Interior).

Above: In a Scandinavian-inspired house by Kathryn Tyler of Linea Studio, the staircase serves as kitchen shelving.

N.B. To see more images of staircases, go to our Room Gallery.