Stair safety is very important. But enclosing the stairs into a dark, narrow climb with walls on both sides doesn’t offer much in terms of style. An alternative to having walls on both sides of the stairs is adding a book shelf. It’s a great way to lighten things up and provides a ton of storage!
Here are 9 examples of room dividing, light providing, safety barriers in the form of bookshelves next to the stairs.
1. The open shelving alongside this staircase lets light through and makes the stairs feel much more open.
Designed by Paz Gersh Architects. Photography by Oded Smadar.
2. This small house maximizes storage with a bookshelf on one side of the stairs.
Designed by Chadbourne + Doss Architects.
3. This book/staircase connects a bedroom and a study in a London home.
Design and photography by Tamir Addadi Architecture
4. This Seattle home has a bookshelf running straight up the stairs between the floors.
Designed by Chris Pardo Design|Elemental Architecture.
5. This bookshelf acts as a safety barrier between the stairs and the corridor.
Designed by Hanspeter Steiger
6. This bookshelf provides plenty of space for storing books and keeps the stairs contemporary.
Designed by Design+Weld.
7. This open bookshelf adds an element of safety to the stairs, and acts as an entertainment unit.
Designed by Bangia Agostinho Architecture DPC
8. The bright orange stairs and the open bookshelves run the entire height of this house.
Designed by SHH. Photography by Alastair Lever.
9. These concrete stairs are brightened up by the light shining through the open bookshelf.