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 toexplain 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. rachen says:

    I’m about to rent a house in first floor. It has SE main door, a big balcony on North, vacant on East, North and South. Another apartment on west side. However the stairs rise on South and go to North. Stairs is on the east wall. Is it a vaasthu violation. What is the remedy?
    Hi Rachen,
    When looking at rented premises, you need not be such a stickler to Vastu, as it will not be your permanent dwelling place. Yer of ou can compromise if at least 60% of the things are according to vastu, since you are a believer of vastu

  2. Nishchal Goyal says:

    I have stair case in north side of my house going towards north and then turning towards south. Is this direction of stairs is ok or if not ow can i rectify this without any construction work. Pls suggest
    Hi Nishchal,
    A staircase is meant to connect two floors. It should be placed in the most suitable position so that space is not wasted. So it does not matter in which direction it goes as long as it serves it’s purpose efficiently.

  3. Vivek Panvelkar says:

    Hello Sir,
    I am planning a house on a corner plot, its 18mt X 14mt.Roads on the south and East.want to make commercial and garage on ground floor and residential on first and second, due to limitations my stairs will start exactly in front of the main door on east.
    length on the south 18 mt
    length on the east 14 mt
    1. I want to keep my main door on eastern side but stairs will start after 1.2 mt from the door.
    2. garage towards north.
    3. one shop towards south side.
    HI Vivek,
    As long as there is maneuverable space around the main door, it is fine. Since your staircase starts 1.2m from the main door, it should be okay.

  4. kalyan says:

    Hello Sir,

    I am trying to buy a home which has east facing door, when i open the door the internal stairs on on right hand side. the stairs are attached to the north corner but raising towards north west and turns south to living room. Garage door is facing west from the road. Please let me know if it is suggested to buy such home. this house I am trying to buy is actually in US. I am worried if i would have any health concerns or financial concerns.

    Thank you for your advise.
    Hi Kalyan,
    There is a simple solution when you have fears or concerns. Go with your family to the house. Spend some time in the house and trust your gut-instinct. If you and the other family members feel that you get a positive vibe from the house, go for it. Otherwise avoid it. Moreover, vastu principles are applicable to India and are based on the sun and wind directions. So You need not even look at a house that is in sync with vastu principles in the US.

  5. Yash says:


    We have staircase on roof to go the upper roof. Actually it is duplex kind of, so 75% covers the duplex portion and 25% is vacate and open which connect the North and East. In that Vacate place we have Iron staircase in Northeast direction to go to the upper roof.
    By any chance, is there any Vastu Dosh? Because Staircase are outside of the Room.
    Hi Yash,
    A spiral staircase does not take up much space but is not very comfortable to use. If it is used only once in a while for accessing the roof, then it is okay to have it in the NE corner.

  6. JAYAKUMAR says:

    Sir,I have plot size of 40×40 my builder construced the staircase at NORTHEAST and other rooms/hall/kitchen/toilets all fine except staircase please advise what to do.Thanking you.Awaiting your reply.
    Hi Jayakumar,
    THere is nothing to be done as the staircase is an important connector between the rooms and floors. But just make sure that there are ample windows on the north and east sides.

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