Feng Shui For Staircases | An Architect Explains

Staircases not only provide us a way to get from one floor to the other, but also can help the energy that enters our home, called Chi, to move unobstructed, up and down easily and smoothly. If staircases are not placed properly, they can inhibit the proper flow of energy throughout the home. Sometimes badly placed stairs can harm individuals both physically and financially.


The positioning of the Staircase is very important in Feng Shui. It could be positive or detrimental to the well-being of the occupants.

Staircase location: Staircases located on the side of the home rather than in the center are preferable. The best location for stairs is tucked into the home, away from the entrance and sharing an exterior wall of the home. According to Feng Shui, when the staircase is in the center of the house there can be a loss of wealth and rifts in the family. Remedy: Block the view to this stair case if possible to reduce its effect by putting up a tall plant or a tall book case.

Stairs opposite the main door allow the Chi to rush out

Stairs that point towards main doors are not preferred:  Stairs should not be opposite the front door. If your stairway terminates at the front door, it causes Chi to rush out of the main door causing loss of wealth, difficulties for the head of the household, neck and head problems. Remedy: Put a divider between the last step and the entrance to discourage the Chi from exiting. Or hang a small mirror at the back of the door to reflect the energy back up the stairs. Otherwise, hang a crystal between the stairs and the front door.

Stairs that are opposite bedroom doors must be avoided: If a staircase stops in front of a bedroom door, it can cause energy to flow out of the bedroom, causing low energy and health problems such as low thyroid or depression. Remedy: Put a carpet to slow the flow of the Chi, discouraging its quick exit.

Stairs that point toward a window are avoidable: as you’re probably losing energy. Remedy: Block this window by installing a shutter that can be closed so that the chi does not run out the window.


The most commonly seen staircases are the straight, split, L-shaped, curved and spiral. The shape depends on the space available, the constraints, the intensity of usage etc. But in Feng Shui, some shapes of staircases are not acceptable as they can prevent the proper flow of Chi.

Curved Stairs are recommended in Feng Shui
Curved stairs encourage the Chi to meander slowly up and down levels

Positive – A Curved staircase  is both elegant and beautiful. It channels energy between spaces in a pleasant and inviting way and is therefore considered the best, according to Feng Shui. 

Positive – L-shaped and Straight stairs encourage Chi to meander in a more natural flow, instead of rushing.

Negative – A  Spiral staircase is considered very inauspicious especially if located in the center of a home. It can negatively affect the heart and blood pressure of the occupants because, symbolically it looks like a corkscrew hurting the heart of the home. Remedy: It is best not to have a spiral staircase if it is in the centre of your home. 

Negative – Split or Scissor-style stairs often seen in split level homes, should be avoided especially if  they face the front door as they are negative for the patriarch or breadwinner, opportunities are lost and success is elusive. Remedy: Block the view of the staircase. Or wind a long strand of ivy (real or artificial) around the handrail from the upper stair to the lower stair. Place a plant at the top of the stairs or on the center of the stairs where it curves.

Scissor stairs are bad in Feng Shui
According to Feng Shui, Scissor Stairs should be avoided in a house

The best sizes for Staircases are the ones that are proportional to the space ~ not too big, not too small.  The effects of having narrow stairs and steep incline have been described here:

Narrow Stairs:  Needless to say, they are not advisable as they cause feelings of constraint and claustrophobia. 

Steep Incline:  The incline should not be too steep as this is a safety issue, which can easily turn into a financial issue.

Small landings: Landings must be spacious. Otherwise, you may feel that you will fall backwards down the stairs. Remedy:  Make sure there is plenty of lighting and that the landing is not blocked.

A narrow staircase with no railings makes you feel unsafe

Railings should always be provided: Stairs without railings make us feel uncertain and insecure.

No open risers: Stairs should be complete and always have risers (the vertical portion between treads). Stairs with open risers cause energy to leak. This especially affects the residents of the upper floors, as they receive very little Chi or energy.  Remedy:  Add backs or risers to the stairs. If that is not possible, place potted plants beneath the stairwell to help lift the Chi.

Staircase coverings: Red carpets should never adorn staircases as they resemble blood flowing down. Carpet, wood, or tiles are okay, with wood being preferable as it offers growing energy that rises.

Space under stairs should be used for storage: It is good Feng Shui to use the space under a staircase for storage rather than to leave it empty. If the space is open underneath your stairs, you can place a home altar there.  If you use it as a storeroom, consider placing money boxes, wealth vases, or work-related items there.

It is advisable to use the space under stairs for storage.

Bathrooms under staircases should be avoided: Bathrooms located under stairs, and particularly those in the center of the home, drain away energy and wealth and hurt all the residents of the home.

Avoid water bodies under a staircase: If your staircase has space underneath it, refrain from placing water there, such as fountains, ponds, aquariums, etc. These can harm children.

Stairway landings: It’s best to have stairs without landings in the middle. If there is a break, consider lighting the steps or wall of the stairs to create good energy and help the chi move up and down the stairs.

In this post you have seen that Staircases are so important to the vitality of energy on different levels of your home and carry so many influences on your life physically and financially. For more information on Staircases, go to:

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3 thoughts on “Feng Shui For Staircases | An Architect Explains

  • May 11, 2016 at 10:09 am

    sir i plan to construct a east facing house in which staircase location falls at south east corner.please comment whether it is ideal location for staircase or not.
    Hi Dinesh,
    Staircase position depends on the plan of the house. Iedally it should be near the centre so that rooms can be accessed without wastage of space. So it can be in any direction.

  • June 17, 2016 at 6:13 am

    We moved in this house this year, January, and it has a scissor staircase that is in the center of the house and faces the front door (east). I’ve been reading a lot of feng shui remedy article, but some how confusing, some say, might have love affair issue because the stairs is in the west,(hubby is west group) and loss opportunity. It also says block the view of the stairs if its in the center of the home. Is putting a plant on the center of the stairs where it curves is the blocking remedy?
    Thanks in advance 🙂
    Hi Darlene,
    You can place a tall plant, like you suggested, near the stairs, so that it is not immediately visible as you walk into the house. Or even on the landing

  • July 25, 2016 at 12:55 am

    My house is facing the East Direction.Stair case is located North East direction starting the stair case from west to east & turning to again west.Is it ok ? Otherwise pl give me a solution.Thanks
    Hi Seneviratne,
    It is okay.

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