5 Creative Staircase Ideas for Tiny House RVs

Creative contemporary staircase design. Photo credit: Archi Expo

A few months ago, we posted an article that asked: LADDER vs. STAIRCASE, which would you choose for your Tiny House RV? The overwhelming opinion was that a staircase was preferred, but only if it didn't overwhelm the living space. It sounds like we need to get creative!

Below you'll find FIVE SPACE SAVING STAIRCASE IDEAS to get your inventive juices flowing.

1). Japanese Tansu Steps

Tansu Step Cabinet. Image credit: Pinterest

Japanese Tansu Steps are available for purchase, but if you're looking to save some cash, try building them yourself. Start from scratch or modify an existing bookshelf. Stack and secure wood storage boxes or antique crates (such as Tiny House Giant Journey did in the video below). 


2). Tiny Spiral Staircase

Molly & Zack's Tiny Ski Lodge on Wheels. Photo Credit: Mark Fisher

In a tiny space, an average-sized spiral staircase will dominate the great room. So if you're interested in this aesthetic for your Tiny House RV, you'll have to get creative and think tinier. Molly and Zack's tiny spiral staircase design (above) was featured on the TV show Tiny House Nation. Francis Camosse used this same design in his Tiny House RV (below). 

Photo credit: Telegram.com

3). Alternating Tread Staircase

Photo credit: Tiny House Living 

This form of climbing might take some getting used to (ask any sailor), but it's a great space saver. After a few climbs, you'll start to remember: right, left, right, left. Muscle memory will have you ascending and descending with ease.

Photo credit: Stylish Eve

4). Folding Staircase

Photo credit: Loft Centre Products 

Wouldn't it be nice to retract or fold away your staircase when not in use? Perhaps the above example is a bit steep (almost a ladder), but with the right handrail it could work! For a bit of whimsy, enjoy the innovative "Disappearing Staircase" design below. In what other ways could we fold away our stairs?

Disappearing Staircase. Photo credit: Apartment Therapy 

5). Repurposed Staircase

Could you repurpose these stairs? Photocredit: Mental Floss

Remember the stairs from your childhood playground or bunkbed? Could you find a similar set that could be repurposed for your Tiny House RV? Maybe you could snag a set of steps from a dilapidated sailboat or manipulate a set of "pet steps?" Check your local resale shop, garage sales, estate sales and craigslist. Keep searching! Who knows, you might find the perfect set of stairs for free!

Pet steps.  Photo credit: Trend Hunter

Learn how to make the above staircase from a set of IKEA storage shelves, click here

YOUR TURN! Share your creative staircase ideas below!


Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop host. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting an open house. Be sure to follow their tiny house and giant journey here.

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