I have discovered architects and designers cite “dead space” three occasions in the past week. I took it as a sign to handle a common spot where dead space tends to dwell, and discuss methods to bring it back to life. Today’s distance is the staircase landing, which may mean the area at the top or bottom of the stairs, in addition to the place between flights of stairs. Clever designers have changed these spaces into libraries, galleries, reading nooks and storage places. Take a look and learn how to enliven your landing.

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Creating a landing library is one of the best uses for this neglected area. This landing has enough space to accommodate two comfortable wingback chairs; a room rug and chandelier define the area as sitting room.

Cole Design Studio, Inc..

Shelves desire only be as heavy as your widest book’s width, which means you can make do with as few as 9 additional inches of depth. Using a contrasting paint or wood colour punctuates this extra landing feature.

Note: While triangular landings like these are typical in elderly homes, codes for new construction demand that landings between flights of stairs are at least 36 inches by 36 inches for safety. Check local codes and also make sure your landing interventions use only the distance beyond these requirements. Also, codes demand which risers are 36 inches across.

Exedra Architects

This landing bookcase is a powerful design component. Look closely and you’ll notice the shelves last from the floor to the top wall of the landing. A clear floor in front allows you scroll and enjoy this reality from above, while open risers let you look at it because you ascend.

Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd..

In case you have just an additional foot of space, you may add a functional window seat.


This runner has been thought out carefully, tying the landing, the stairs and the window seat together.

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Conversely, you might choose to earn your landing its own distinct space. This one functions as an entrance to a balcony, with a great deal of natural light. The parquet floor helps define it as a space, while the headboard, rail and bookshelves tie it to the staircase.

John Maniscalco Architecture

A mini-gallery gives folks going up and down the stairs a reason to pause.

Design Line Construction, Inc..

This long hallway landing includes a seat so that you may sit and revel in the functions museum-style.

Fivecat Studio | Architecture

Built-in cabinets add a depth which leaves enough space to get a window seat in the center.

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

Upstairs hallways and landings often serve just as a means to get from here to there. Turn this area into a usable space with seating, built-ins, moldings, lighting and an area rug.

Gacek Design Group, Inc..

Planning an upstairs layout this way from the start means you’ll have an airy and open space instead of a closed-in, claustrophobia-inducing hallway.


For a more compact area, add shelves instead of a rail.

This distance even offers a cozy fireplace, which guarantees you’re going to want to stop, sit and revel in it.

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