7 Popular Types of Staircases in Home Design

By Toll Brothers 2 minute read

Last updated on May 29th, 2020

Beyond their practical purposes, staircases also afford homeowners an opportunity to elevate their overall home design. Whether you live in a modern farmhouse or transitional townhome, a functional, beautiful staircase can serve as your interior’s main focal point. Remember, each staircase design will have its own visual appeal and required square footage. To decide on the right one for you and your home’s layout, it’s important to first understand the different types of staircases found in home design.

Here are 7 types of staircases found in many Toll Brothers homes across the country. Let us know which designs are your favorite in the comments below!


Straight Staircase

One of the more prevalent staircases, straight stairs are exactly that, a linear flight of steps with no change in direction. Straight stairs also come in many different kinds of materials and can have other features, such as built-in storage or seating space, worked into the design. For these reasons, many homeowners enjoy this style of stairs in their home. 


Turned Staircase

Quarter-Turn (L-Shaped)

Another common style, the quarter-turn staircase has a 90-degree turn, either in the middle or at one end or the other. Slightly more complex than a straight staircase, quarter-turn staircases are popular among homeowners due to their space-saving design and ability to hug the exterior walls of your home.


Half-Turn (U-Shaped) 

Another simple style, half-turn staircases possess similar visual and space-saving appeal as other turned designs. While this type can include a switchback landing midway through its parallel flights, you do not need to utilize this feature.


Spiral Staircase

Elegant and space-saving, spiral staircases have one central point to which all steps revolve around in an upward twirling fashion. Generally, these stairs are best suited for homes that use up their square footage as efficiently as possible, such as city living residences and coastal condos.


Curved Staircase

One of the more elaborate designs, curved staircases are built with a gentle curve in its structure to add a layer of visual sophistication. Known for its elegant look, most curved staircases are positioned in the front of the home, near the foyer so they can be seen upon first entering the home.


Grand Staircase

A design pulled straight out of a fairytale, grand staircases make an impression no one will forget. Predominantly found in foyers, this design utilizes two separate flights of steps that come together in the middle at a central landing. While it’s far from a compact build, there’s simply no arguing the impressiveness of a grand design.


Dual Staircase

Similar to a grand staircase, a dual design is built to make a statement. While also mainly found in the front of the home, this style does not have a central landing spot that connects the two flights of steps, unlike a grand design. Instead, the flights start and end separately on different sides of the dual design.


For more amazing staircase designs, check out 17 Amazing Entrances to Come Home to and visit our website.

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Toll Brothers, an award-winning FORTUNE 500 company founded in 1967, is the nation's leading builder of luxury homes. Embracing an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service, Toll Brothers currently builds in 24 states nationwide, and is a publicly owned company with its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). 2021 marks the 10th year Toll Brothers has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies® list. Toll Brothers also has been honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.


    1. Travis Handy says:

      All the staircases are absolutely beautiful, however my favorite staircase is the dual staircase and the reason is i like the way the staircase hugs the walls and the separation it provides between the staircase on top and bottom with the extra space it provides is the reason why i like the dual staircase the best.

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