13 Super Scary Staircases

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

Nicolas Mathéus
The artistic merit of these stairways cannot be denied. But if heights, stairs, or steep slopes make you squeamish, consider this fair warning. This piece originally appeared on .
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Nicolas Mathéus
Vertical "Banister"
Instead of a traditional banister, 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
Steep Sprial
London's 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
Clear View
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 , 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>
Extreme Angles
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
Something to Hold On To
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
Shape-Shifting Steps
These interlocking walnut stairs in designer David Netto's Southampton cottage 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. More from ELLE DECOR:
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