A staircase is a primary structural and architectural element of a multi-storied house. Small houses especially need staircases that make a room feel light and airy, offering a livable space and a great experience. Concrete is a rough and dully colored solid material that needs more space than steel, glass, or wood, but the design opportunities are voluminous.
Making concrete staircases look elegant and attractive in a small space is the key to a beautiful home. A staircase can alternately also be used as storage, seating, work desk, central attraction, partition, or a relaxing spot. For this, concrete staircases are advantageous as they can take the load easily and flex its elegance.
Here are 25 concrete staircases for small houses:
1. Translucent concrete
The main advantage of translucent concrete is that it allows light to pass through it and enhances the texture visibility. Unlike regular concrete, this quality makes the room feel bigger and airy.
2. Attractive colours
To make the staircase a centerpiece of attraction and to improve the quality of the room, colored concrete can be used. The color in combination with suitable lights sets the mood of the room.
3. Minimalistic design
Concrete and steel make a great combination as they lighten the space and weigh down the wall at the same time creating an intriguing design. With just two materials, this minimalistic design creates a visually compact and comfortable space.
4. Concrete base with steel stairs
The concrete base takes the load while the steel stairs give a smooth finish and make it easy to clean the surface. The design is sleek and visually appealing.
5. Cantilevered stairs
The absence of risers allows light to pass through the gaps illuminating the place below and forms a pattern. Cantilevered concrete stairs do not have a handrail and give a floating effect.
6. Combination of materials
A majestic look is achieved by using polished concrete with wood and accent lighting. The helical staircase occupies less space but still looks spacious. A sense of motion is attained by the shape of the railing, lighting, and treads.
7. Alternating treads
These alternative stairs allow vertical circulation and create a place to sit. They are more economical as each step uses half the concrete required by a regular step.
Spiral staircases occupy the least space. The curvature of this dragon-like staircase design makes it the centerpiece of attraction. Precast concrete stairs are easy to maintain, cost-effective, and can be molded into any shape without compromising its strength.
9. Polished concrete
The glossy surface of the polished concrete appears like a sculpture rather than a staircase. This stylish contemporary design gives a 5-star class ambiance within a small space.
10. Extended staircase
Apart from using a staircase for vertical movement, it can also be extended to create a leisure space where one can sit and enjoy books while sipping coffee. Every space in a small house should be used to its fullest without congesting the room.
11. Extended landing
The landing of a staircase can be extended and used as a table or a showcase stand. This acts as in-built furniture integrated with the staircase maintaining design continuity.
12. Multifunctional stairs
The hollow concrete boxes help in transferring load and act as a storage space. Using wood and hollow tubes reduce concrete usage and can allow light to enter the room from the window.
13. Precast staircase with modules
The precast concrete modules can be produced in one place and assembled on site. This is easier to transport to the site and is cost-effective.
14. Suspended staircase
Suspended staircases are attached only to floor slabs and lack railings. When placed in a courtyard, it looks like a fragile floating structure, a path leading to heaven.
15. With garden
Having a lush private garden in a small house is difficult. But integrating it along with a staircase saves space and creates a relaxing spot. Plants at different heights along a staircase are the best place for a garden.
16. With water body
Who doesn’t enjoy a waterfall? A waterproofed pit along the concrete staircase can be used for small water bodies that not only cool the atmosphere but also create a place of leisure.
17. Ultra thin hybrid staircase
This ultra-thin hybrid staircase consists of a 5.5cm thick concrete slab and a glass railing that support the other. It creates a light environment, and the space under the staircase can be used effectively.
18. Effective lighting
Using LED lights along the staircase, under treads, or on risers create an interesting pattern grabbing our attention. This can induce the effect of a suspended or a floating staircase.
19. Concrete and glass
The dark-colored staircase with glass railings against the light-colored walls looks like a jewel glossing under a light. A magnificent staircase can be designed using two simple materials.
20. Living under stairs
Smoothening the base of a staircase and achieving a projection-free surface allows us to use the space below it as a comfortable living room. This is an important aspect while designing small houses.
21. T-shaped concrete stairs
The simple T shaped treads complement the elegance of the room, and the mere glass railing enhances the ambiance.
22. Spiral staircase
The thin baselining and the curvature makes this a featherlike structure, which is the opposite of concrete’s striking rigid structure. The spiral staircase occupies very little space compared to other types.
23. Wood embedded in concrete tread
To make the treads more exquisite, wooden planks with LED lighting can be embedded into the concrete slab. The glass railing and the steel supports make it look light and floaty.
24. Side concrete support
The support of the staircase is at one side rather than at the center. It is a floating staircase with no supporting wall. This asymmetrical design creates a fascinating space below it.
25. Central support
Here the rib of the staircase is at the center creating a symmetrical design. The staircase acts as a partition between the dining and living area.
From having a room below the concrete staircase to having a swing under the staircase, design has no limits. Concrete offers the strength required for it and creates an exciting experience. If considered a stairwell, it is only for vertical movement, if considered as a design opportunity, the possibilities are infinite.