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.


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 to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.


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.


Avoid an internal staircase in the centre of the house


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.


Avoid a spiral staircase in a house


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.


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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  1. Gary Hansen says:

    Thank you for the post, I am very interested and was wondering if anyone else had any other related articles they could suggest. I enjoy writing blog articles myself and would like to gather as much information as possible.

  2. 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 statirs for cellar & terrace in north direction of house? it do not block the light coming to house. We do not see in other option too. Can you reply soon as renovation is going on. ……………….. Yogini Thaker, Ahmedabad

  3. 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,

  4. Tomal says:

    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.


  5. 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 .



  6. 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.
    Johns martin

  7. 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 ana 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 ana no increase of money ..

  8. lila says:

    How many steps are there in a stairs?

  9. Bibhuti says:

    I built a toilet cum bathe room under staire case. what is the remedy as per vastu please reply.

  10. 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.


  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Meghana says:

    Are there any guidelines in Vaastu for stair case that opens to the main entrance door?

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. t n gupta says:

    I Want to const staircase for g+4 bldg of 100meter plot. staircase in north west area of plot

  17. 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.

  18. dvvgopalaraju says:

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

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