8 Important Feng Shui Tips for Stairs

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Currently living in a home or purchasing a home that has stairs? Stairs greatly impact the type of energy that flows through your home. Here are 8 important feng shui tips for stairs.

Watch Your Main Door

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Avoid a home that has stairs facing directly at your main door. Depending on your birth element and the bagua location of the stairs, there are varying afflictions that may arise (e.g. negative impact to career if flowing to the north, etc.)

If you are already in a home with stairs facing the main door, you may remedy this by placing a small mirror at the back of the main door. This redirects the negative gushing energy from the stairs to the outside.

Another option is to place a screen, curtain, or piece of furniture to redirect the flow of energy. Also, place a pair of fu dogs or elephants to guard and protect against negative chi.

Stay Solid

Your stairs should be made of solid materials such as wood. Be sure to fix any worn or broken steps or handrail. 

Mind the Gap

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To protect your prosperity luck make sure there are no unfilled gaps between steps.

Keep it Bright

To invite good chi, be sure that the area near the stairs is well lit. Add skylights or chandeliers near the beginning of the stairs to boost chi.

No Toilets

Avoid homes that have a bathroom or toilet located near the beginning or end of the stairs. It is also important to avoid having a bathroom right beneath the stairs. These layouts impact the overall luck of the occupant’s of a home. In particular, children in the home will become problematic and troublesome. Residents will also run into misfortunes such as decline in prosperity luck. To remedy this, avoid using the toilet or bathroom located near the stairs or keep the door and toilet lid closed at all times.

Location, Location, Location

The most ideal location for stairs is on the side of a home. Ideally, stairs should not be located in the center of your home, also known as the heart of the home. Stairs in such a location may cause tension, stress, family breakups and health related issues. To remedy this, consider redirecting the flow of energy with artwork (e.g. pieces that support the earth element).

Keep it in Style

Curved stairs are considered to represent the most auspicious design as energy gently flows through. Straight stairs are okay, too. The worst type of stairs are those that are spiral, especially if they are in the center of the home, as they may destroy family relationships.

Avoid Water Features

Small Aquarium, by hipsterfengshui.com
Small Aquarium, by hipsterfengshui.com

Remove any water features or images of deities below your staircase. This can build negative chi and impact health, wealth and relationships.


Patty is the creator and founder of Hipster Feng Shui. She is a wife, pet mom, vegetarian, tree hugger, world traveler, and Apple fan-girl. Seeing so many stressed and unfulfilled individuals in today’s society inspired Patty to help others by sharing her deep knowledge of Feng Shui and other lifestyle tips. Patty believes everyone can achieve peace and harmony through Feng Shui and lifestyle design while having fun! She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked at Apple and KPMG prior to founding Hipster Feng Shui. Subscribe to receive Feng Shui tips and find Hipster Feng Shui on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  1. Hi there! Unfortunately in our house we have a stair leading down to the washroom and that stair is right in front of the main bathroom of the house. I keep both the bathroom door and the door to the stair closed at all times, what else should I do? The stair is in our Family section of the bagua, could this be impacting my relationship with my parents in law? Thank you!!

  2. My home has a staircase which is in the middle of the house (according to the Bagua map, the car port is a part of the house too n situated along the love, creativity n friends/travel line). Therefore, he staircase lands in the health sector n it’s said to be bad. Are there cures for this as I am afraid father outcome as I have a mother whose health isn’t 100%.

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