When space is tight, a clever strategy is to utilize the staircase for storage, seating—even sliding.
Above: Danish company Kokken Skaberne specializes in space-saving staircases and kitchens.
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.