Alternating Tansu Stairs Named ‘Stair of the Week’ at TreeHugger!

Woo-Hoo! My tiny house stairs design – the Alternating Tiny House Tansu Stairs – has been picked by the folks at TreeHugger (Lloyd Alter) as Stair of the Week! To see how these stairs work visit the TreeHugger website or Tiny House Design.

Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see DIY plans for this stair design – or if you have any tiny house stair ideas you’d like to see explored. A big thanks to Lloyd Alter and the folks at TreeHugger too!!!

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12 thoughts on “Alternating Tansu Stairs Named ‘Stair of the Week’ at TreeHugger!

  1. John says:

    I’ve experienced these types of stairs in various forms. they seem to be amazing – and are on the way up. The form factor didn’t work well for me on the way down, where I prefer more standard step configuration.

  2. Robin Hollenbeck says:

    Congratulations on your Tansu stair design!

    Alternating steps, such a simple and profound piece, of interior architecture. Easy on the knees and more compact (space saving), than regular stairs.

    Architect Henry Yorke Mann, used alternating steps, in a tiny house design called ‘Totem Cabin’.

    The steps rose between two stone walls, to the loft. Perfect to the design and beautiful.

    The joy of tansu stairs (standard and alternating), is the vast storage potential. Creating DIY plans, for both designs would be very useful. Then I could plan and play around, with different cupboard and drawer combinations. Plus, the plan for the washer-dryer unit, is fabulous .

    Again, I congratulate you!

  3. Paul says:

    Very cool
    I have to say that as they are very similar to mine. I designed a set of stairs that are a little more compacted. Down here in NZ. Getting into living big in a tiny house. Remove the clutter

  4. Diane Anderson-Minshall says:

    Hey we’re going to write up your stairs on Will you be selling DIY plans for these stairs? Do you sell them fully built? If so, pls let me know what price range would be. Also which tools did you need to build these?

    Thanks for any info.

    • Michael Janzen says:

      I do plan on offering plans. I don’t plan on building them for folks. Ideally the tools/supplies needed would be a table saw, router, pocket hole jig, drill, glue, screws, and finish.

  5. Becky Brown says:

    I am very interested in your stairway/storage design!!! It is one of the best I have seen. I would like further information to make this happen; this is a women’s dream in a tiny house!
    Thank you for being willing to share you great idea!

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