VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | STAIRCASES

VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | STAIRCASES

A Staircase is a series of steps connecting different levels in a Building. In a House with more than one level, the Staircase will be used everyday, a number of times. Hence the Staircase should be comfortably designed for the users. The Staircase is usually accessed from the Dining Room.

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A staircase is a series of steps connecting different levels of a house

Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for a Staircase. Since Vastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. As an Architect, I have attempted toexplain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.


ACCORDING TO VASTU, WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR A STAIRCASE?

The staircase should be in the South-West, South or West. However, it is not advisable to build a Staircase on the North-East side. The Reason – The North-East is to be left open according to Vastu, in order to allow the morning sun rays to enter the house. Hence if a staircase is kept in this corner, it will block the sunlight. But if there is no other choice, the staircase can be placed here as the internal circulation is also important.

Avoid internal staircase in the corners or the centre of the house: The Reason – If an internal staircase is in the corner, the room from which it is accessed cannot be used properly. Similarly, if the staircase is in the center, a lot of useful circulation space is wasted.

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Avoid an internal staircase in the centre of the house

ACCORDING TO VASTU, WHAT IS THE IDEAL DIRECTION OF THE STAIRCASE FLIGHT?

The first flight should be from East to West or North to South. The Reason – This will ensure that the lower steps will be in the East or North, while the higher steps will be in the West or South. Thus the useful, morning light from the East and the constant light from the North will not be blocked by the Steps.

Turn clockwise when turning into the next flight: The Reason – Since most people are right handed, they tend to hold the handrail on the right hand side. So when they turn onto the next flight, it makes sense to continue holding the right handrail, for which the next flight should be on the right side which means one has to turn clockwise.

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Avoid a spiral staircase in a house

WHAT ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS FOR STAIRCASES IN VASTU SHASTRA?

There should be odd number of risers in a staircase: For example 15, 17, 19 are acceptable. The Reason – Since most people are right handed, they generally put their right foot first, while climbing a staircase. So when they end the climb, they prefer to end on the right foot. This is possible only when there are odd numberof steps. It is for this reason that the right foot is equated with gain, the left with loss.

Avoid circular or spiral staircase: The Reason – A circular staircase takes up and wastes a lot of space, especially in the corners and in the rooms adjacent to it. A spiral staircase is very uncomfortable to climb and not very safe. Also the space below it is not very usable and there is the risk of bumping into it as there is no proper head room.Avoid rooms under a staircase:The Reason - Often, people  use the space below a staircase for small rooms like Toilets, Safe, Puja etc. But every time people climb the steps, a person using the room below gets an uneasy feeling of somebody stamping on their head. He doesn’t feel safe either, as if the whole thing will collapse on him.

WHAT ARE THE IDEAL COLOURS FOR A STAIRCASE ROOM?

The ideal colours of the staircase area are light colors. The Reason-  One can see the steps clearly, if the whole area is painted a light color as this reflects light.

This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the design of Staircase. The Staircase leads to the next floors namely the Basement and Upper floors and the Terrace where the Overhead Water tanks are located. Read the Vastu guidelines for the design of these spaces here:

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21 Responses to “VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | STAIRCASES”

  1. Ms Yogini Thaker says:

    Sir, I am from Ahmedabad. We are renovationg our house. We have cellar in north-east corner of house. We want to reconstruct stairs for Cellar and Terrace. Can we build stairs for cellar & terrace in north direction of house? it does not block the light coming into house. We do not see any other option too. Can you reply soon as renovation is going on. ………………..
    Hi Yogini Thaker,
    If the staircase is not blocking any light and if you have no other option, then go ahead. Just make sure while renovating, to allow as much light as you can into the basement from any direction.
    Admin

  2. swamy says:

    Dear Sir,
    We have a mezzanine floor in our home office situated at south west corner.
    Want to know where should be the staircase for the mezzanaine floor and entrance for the office.
    Also do let us know in which direction staircase to be fitted.
    Thank you,
    Warm Regards,
    Swamy.
    Hi Swamy,
    Ideally you can have a door facing North or East. Have the staircase, either spiral or a straight flight along the west wall.
    Admin

  3. Tomal says:

    Sir,
    I stay in a duplex (gnd and first) house and since my wife is a vastu follower, we tried to make our house vastu complaint as much as possible. However, since this is a row house there is no proper stairs to the terrace. We have a big balcony (1st floor) in the NE and below the balcony is the parking. This way we made sure that the north-east is open. Now I want to construct (fabricate) a iron stairs to the terrace from the balcony. We have the usual stairs in the west side.
    Will the construction of the iron stair case to the terrace adversely effect vastu principle? Please suggest.
    Regards,
    Tomal
    HI Tomal,
    Since you cannot continue the existing staircase to the terrace, you can introduce a compact staircase (any material) in the balcony. But make sure you do not place it in the NE corner of the balcony or in front as it will block out the light. Let it be placed in a corner that does not come in the way of your movement and does not block you view to the outside.
    Admin

  4. Nishant says:

    Dear sir,
    I have done my home plan for my plot with size is 30 ft x 40 ft facing west to roadside.
    I am constructing single bedroom house on the ground floor & first and second ( dupleix for me. My plan and engineering drawing too is done but now i am told by my family astrologer that the staircase going to second floor from first floor has to be shifted. I dont know what to do now. My door is facing north and the moment you open the door you can see the staircase to second floor. We are climbing towards south and clockwise on the next flight. Is the position of the staircase wrong . If i shift it then it will become a new design , i have to redo the whole thing again. Is there any way we can do without changing the engineering drawing or the position of staircase is fine. it may not cause me any major problem from the vasthu point of view. Kindly advice me .
    Thanks
    nishant

    Hi Nishant,
    If there is sufficient space between the main door and the staircase (4’to 5′), then go by this plan. But if you have a seed of doubt in your mind, then go by your astrologer. You have to make the decision.
    Admin

  5. johns martin says:

    Dear Sir I have taken a plot 43 length and 15 width.
    i want to build a duplex house. which is is best place to keep the
    stairs internally according to the vastu.
    please advice me.
    thankyou
    Johns martin
    Hi Johns Martin,
    You have a very narrow site, so the rooms will be arranged in a row like a train. So ideally the staircase should be in the middle of the site to one side. This way all rooms will be accessible from the staircase lobby.
    Admin

  6. Kim says:

    i am staying in uae.. and in a snhirag flat. i hav only 1 room that is bedroom with attach bathroom .my bed’s head pointing towards the south and facing north and the problem is that my bed is facing to my bathroom,s door and it is in north so plz suggest some of solutions to this one no money is staying in hand always flowing and no saving and no increase of money ..
    Hi Kim,
    I would not connect your problems with the fact that you face the bathroom door. But since you seem to have it in your mind, I suggest you shift your bed position such that the head is in the East. Always keep your bathroom door closed.
    Admin

  7. Bibhuti says:

    I built a toilet cum bathe room under staircase. what is the remedy as per vastu please reply.
    Hi Bibhuti,
    It should be okay as the space below the staircase is used. Just make sure that there is enough ventilation and a false ceiling to flatten out the ceiling.
    Admin

  8. C.M.NAGARAJ says:

    Dear sir
    We constructed a house having ground, first and 2nd floor. Main door is at north side and road is at westside.we made internal staircase from 1st to 2nd floor in front of main door ( 12 foot distance between maindoor to 1st step of staircase )and direction of staircase is from north to south and it is in middle of house. Site measuring east-west 40 foot and north- south 30 foot.
    My question is it good or ok as per vasthu or any changes is required. pls suggest me.
    C.M.Nagaraj
    Hi C M Nagaraj,
    Since there is ample distance between the main door and the staircase, it is okay.
    Admin

  9. RPS Rathore says:

    Dear sir,
    I am constructing a house in a north west facing plot of size 40 x 70. According to my plan the stairs are placed in the northwest 40 feet from front main gate but the stairs do not rest on the east or north boundary. But as i have read it is not aspucious so advice me the correct place.
    Hi RPS Rathore,
    A staircase in the North-West is actually good because it acts like a barrier between the hot afternoon sun and the house.
    Admin

  10. amar says:

    I want to make stairs in north east outside of house
    Plz suggest how to make. There is no other space to make
    Hi Amar,
    If you have nowhere else, then place it in the North- East. But make sure you have large windows in the NE corner either below or above the stairs so that ample light will permeate the house.
    Admin

  11. Meghana says:

    Are there any guidelines in Vaastu for stair case that opens to the main entrance door?
    Hi Meghana,
    A staircase bang opposite the main door is like an obstruction. But if there is enough space between the main door and the staircase, it should be fine.
    Admin

  12. Soumya says:

    We have a spiral staircase outside in the south west corner. Can you please give us some tips to avoid ill effects of a spiral staircase that connects us to the terrace.
    Hi Soumya,
    What are the ill-effects of a spiral staircase connected to the terrace? I am not aware of them. I do not see anything wrong with your staircase.
    Admin

  13. saravanan says:

    my house will going to construct on next month in there may i fit staircase clock or anti clock wise, give correct idea to build staircase.
    Hi Saravanan,
    A staircase turning clockwise is somehow more comfortable for the majority of people who are right-handed. But it doesn’t really matter if it is anticlockwise. The important thing is that the overall plan should not be compromised. So, fit the staircase that is most suitable to your plan
    Admin

  14. t n gupta says:

    I Want to construct staircase for g+4 bldg of 100meter plot. staircase in north-west area of plot.
    Hi Gupta,
    It is a good position for the staircase as it can be a barrier between the afternoon sun and the house.
    Admin

  15. manju arora says:

    I am going to construct a house of 25by50 size plot and its directions are oriented , so it’s northwest facing (not a corner) ) please guide where to place which room according to vastu. also , should I construct a basement ?
    Hi Manju Arora,
    You can refer to my post on planning according to Vastu Shastra principles and Vastu guidelines for the design of a house.
    Admin

  16. dvvgopalaraju says:

    Can I construct staircase block in north west corner in north,in a duplex house.
    Hi DV Gopalaraju,
    Sure you can.
    Admin

  17. Santhosh says:

    I wish to know about stairs no. with one landing, it should be odd or even? Landing should be counted as one step or not?
    Hi Santhosh,
    The number of steps including the landing should be odd number.
    Admin

  18. Jyothssna.L says:

    I have planned a house on 30*40 east facing site.
    The external staircase is planned from north to south on south side, but it is anti clock wise as that is the only option for that plan . Is it ok as per vaastu.
    Hi Jyothssna,
    Please do not be dictated by the “ideal” vastu positions and directions for rooms and staircases. Any other positions or directions are okay provided the overall flow of light and air and the circulation in the house are not affected. So a staircase in anticlockwise direction does not mean it is negative. If it is the only option, then it must be the right one.
    Admin

  19. Dhyana says:

    Hi we are building a duplex house. In the north-east corner we have a Well and leaving around 6 feet from the the northeast , we have a wall and from Inside the living room we have started construction of the staircase ( duplex house). The stairs are going from west to east and then we have a landing where there is a window in the east and then again the next flight of stairs is from east to west.
    Is this ok for vastu or should we change the plan for stairs?
    Hi Dhyana,
    Since you have left space in the NE corner and have a window at the landing level, the new staircase will not hinder the light into your house. So you can go ahead with your proposal.
    Admin

  20. Dhyana says:

    Thank you admin
    I have one more doubt. In all the vastu for staircase they say that we cannot start the stairs from west to east, But I am building from west to east is that ok ? Vastu says that there will be loss of wealth
    please suggest
    Hi Dhyana,
    There are so many things that Vastu recommends and discourages. But it does not mean that some bad things will happen if you are unable to follow the ‘ideal’ vastu recommendations. If there is no other choice, then you must go ahead with the choice that you have. But in doing so, just make sure that you do not compromise the light and ventilation. Then the Vastu of your house will be right.
    Admin

  21. Sanjay says:

    Should the upper floor landing be counted in number of steps to consider vastu of stairs?
    Hi Sanjay,
    Of course, it must be counted as it is one more step that you climb.
    Admin

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