13 of the Scariest Staircases We've Ever Seen

If heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning.

The artistic merit of these stairways cannot be denied. But if heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning.

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Instead of a traditional banister, Klavs Rosenfalck designed a vertical version out of yacht cables wrapped in leather. Still, a banister made of vertical cables is better than no banister at all.

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Daily Mail

London's Rainbow House features a stunning, if treacherous, spiral staircase. There's a trapdoor with a slide in the master bedroom, so consider that the reward for making it to the top.

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<a href="http://www.wallpaper.com/design/inside-by-vincent-dubourg-london/5176#42807" target="_blank">Wallpaper</a>
Less-Than-Stable Look

Though it looks like something from a Tim Burton movie, Vincent Duborg was commissioned to create this three-story, bursting-from-the-floor staircase for a home in London. Let's hope it just looks rickety.

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<a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2013/11/07/spiral-staircase-chunky-wooden-blocks-qc/" target="_blank">Dezeen</a>
So Narrow

The wooden blocks that make up this spiraling staircase are so chunky that it looks like you'd have to climb up on tiptoe.

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Simon Upton

The clear glass along the sides of the stairs and the spaces between steps give this room and airy feel and doesn't impede the gorgeous view from this Southampton home designed by Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts, but that might not calm your nerves.

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<a href="http://www.homeadore.com/2012/10/11/vertical-loft-shift-au/" target="_blank">Shift A+U</a>

The plan for this three-floor space was to create , which inluded this perilous set of open riser stairs set against a bookcase.

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Miguel Flores-Vianna

This curving adds plenty of drama, not including your shaking hands until you reach the railing.

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<a href="http://www.homedit.com/21-of-the-most-interesting-floating-staircase-designs/" target="_blank">homedit</a>
Free Floating

These triangular floating stairs look incredible, but unless there's something you really need on the second floor, maybe you should stay downstairs. Always.

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<a href="http://www.onekindesign.com/2010/10/29/unique-greenhouse-inspired-home-in-paris/" target="_blank">1Kindesign</a>
Historic Spiral

In this Paris home, which was built in the 1800s as a haberdashery, there's no banister, but at least there's a center pole to hang on to.

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Victoria Pearson

These interlocking walnut stairs in designer require thoughtful ascending and descending, but at least there are railings on either side.

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<a href="http://trends.archiexpo.com/inspiration/object-eleve-studio-mieke-meijer/attachment/objecteleve_10/" target="_blank">ArchiExpo.com</a>
Shelf Stairs

These multiuse stairs are great for displaying objects and fitting in extra storage, but we're not so sure about the lack of a banister and the gaping space between the top and bottom section.

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<a href="http://www.worldofarchi.com/2013/06/20-creative-stairs-for-top-inspiration.html" target="_blank">worldofarchi.com</a>
Safety Glass

If floating stairs freak you out, you can take some comfort in the fact that this set has a glass barrier after the fourth step.

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<a href="http://flavorwire.com/105684/design-porn-staircases" target="_blank">Flavorwire</a>
Spinal Stairs

The spinal cord design of this Philip Watts staircase might be a commentary on whether or not you have the backbone to climb it.

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