Staircases Facing the Front Door

Posted by Jane Langof on 28 May 2015 | 18 Comments

A common question from clients is about the Feng Shui implications of a staircase facing their front door.  From a Feng Shui perspective it's generally unfavourable to have a staircase facing your front door, as this symbolically represents energy (Qi) and wealth rushing down the staircase and out of the home. 

The factors which determine the impact of a staircase facing the front door are:

  • The distance between the staircase and your front door
  • The steepness of the staircase leading to the door

In general, the further the distance between the staircase and your front door, the less impact it will have on your Feng Shui.  Also, if there are only a few steps facing your front door it is not likely to be a problem.

If you have a very steep staircase that is close to the door and in direct alignment, this is generally not ideal for your Feng Shui.  The energy should ideally meander harmoniously throughout your home, rather than rush up and down staircases. 

All homes and staircases are different, and Feng Shui remedies can take the form of specific colours, elements and accessories.  Here are some general Feng Shui tips on what to do if your stairs face your front door:

  • Have something noticeable from the front entrance that draws the eye when looking into the home. This could be a beautiful pot plant, a chandelier, a vase of flowers or an indoor water feature (only if this supports your Flying Star School analysis). This will help to symbolically draw energy and opportunities into the home.
  • Consider placing a decorative screen between the stairs and the entrance to divert the energy so that it settles harmoniously, rather than rushes up and down the staircase. This will only be appropriate if you have ample floor space or a foyer.
  • Mount paintings, photographs or wall art along the wall of the staircase to enable the energy to meander up the stairs. This will also slow the energy on the way down.
  • If you can see the landing of the stairs from your front door, place something attractive there to draw your eye upwards. Only consider doing this is if you have enough floor space, otherwise hang artwork on the wall.
  • Some Feng Shui consultants recommend hanging wind chimes at the base of the stairs. Wind chimes are technically useless unless they are outside and moving in the wind. Metal wind chimes can also activate certain 'unseen' energies from a Flying Star School perspective.  Seek the advice of an accredited Feng Shui master if you need more information.

Finally don't forget that there are many elements to consider when assessing Feng Shui in the home.  If your staircase is a Feng Shui problem, don't waste energy worrying about it - my advice is always to focus on changing the things you can!

If you have any questions or comments to add about staircases and your Feng Shui, you're invited to post comments on the blog.

Jane Langof is a Feng Shui master based in Sydney, Australia

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  • I thinking of buying an apartment with the main door open directly to a flight of steps side angle. The passage from the main door to the flight of steps measures 4ft.wide.
    Is it a good buy?

    Posted by larry, 28/10/2010 11:02am (9 years ago)

  • Hi Jasmin, the answer to your question is dependent upon your floor plan and the proximity of the stairs to the door. If your lanai door is used as the front entrance to your home and the staircase is situated close to the door then it may impact your Feng Shui. It sounds as though there is a lot of space between the stairs and the door if you are able to place the dining set in between. Perhaps a screen would be a good option to prevent energy leaking out of the home.

    Posted by Jane Langof, 24/10/2010 5:21pm (9 years ago)

  • Is there a bad effect if my stair case is facing my lanai door but in between is my dining set. My staircase is facing south.

    Posted by Jasmin Bitantes, 21/10/2010 5:13pm (9 years ago)

  • Hi Andrew, thanks for your question. Using an entrance that doesn't face the front door should definitely be considered, however there are a number of variables that need to be evaluated such as the quality of energy at the entrance, the energy map or horoscope (flying star chart) of the house, and landforms and structures around the home. Unfortunately it's not possible to give a general answer without a Feng Shui analysis, as every home is unique. I recommend that you seek advice from a qualified Traditional Feng Shui consultant before you invest money in converting the entrance. Best of luck! Jane

    Posted by Jane Langof, 20/09/2010 9:57pm (10 years ago)

  • I have 2 entrances into my house, side by side. The main doors face partly to the staircases if opened one side. The other entrance located on the left of the main entrance, which leads to the formal living room. Should we consider converting this entrance into the Main entrance instead? What do you think?

    Posted by Andrew, 18/09/2010 3:43pm (10 years ago)

  • For the garage entrance/stairs I would recommend having the top of the staircase well lit and place an attractive feature there if possible, to draw Qi upwards (from the garage entrance into the home).

    If both staircases are facing the door, it would be ideal to screen off this area, if possible. If not, perhaps there is a space to the side of the staircases where you can place a decorative feature to attract energy into the living spaces rather than down the staircase.

    You could also try placing a circular rug inside the doorway to help circulate the energy. Hope this helps!

    Posted by Jane Langof, 22/07/2010 3:12pm (10 years ago)

  • i have two entrances into my townhome, one from main door which faces stairs leading up to the hall and also stairs going down to the basement where the other door is located.

    the second entrance which is the garage entrance opens up to reveal a closet/wall and i have to turn left to reach the foot of the stairs which will lead up to front door. can you suggest any remedy for this?

    Posted by LD, 13/07/2010 9:47am (10 years ago)

  • Hi Presha
    Thanks for your question. Unforunately no home is perfect from a Feng Shui perspective, and a house on the corner of a road may not necessarily be unfavourable.

    A staircase to the left of the main entrance doesn't sound as much of a problem as a staircase directly facing the entrance, however this depends on a number of factors such as the floor plan, orientation of the building, age of the home, usage of the home and surrounding landscapes.

    Each home is unique, so unfortunately it's difficult to give you a general answer without visiting your home and conducting an analysis.

    Kind regards


    Posted by Jane Langof, 10/06/2010 3:44pm (10 years ago)

  • Hi,

    We just purchased a house and its in the corner. I've heard that its not a good idea to buy a house in the corner. Is that true? Also, my front door facing a staircase but its not facing directly or aligned directly. Staircase is on the left of the font door facing from main entrance? Please advise. Staircase is on the left of the main entrance.

    Posted by Presha, 19/05/2010 1:45am (10 years ago)

  • Hi Grace
    Thanks for your comment. Crystals are powerful and I would be cautious placing them around the house as they amplify the unseen energy in a space, which can be positive or negative.

    I tend not to use mirrors as a Feng Shui remedy for stair cases. The placement of your mirror sounds fine in general, however mirrors pull in energy from the opposite part of the house. Mirrors are best placed in areas that contain good energy too. Again this is something that requires an analysis of the floor plan, together with the age and specific orientation of your building.

    Another general remedy you can try is to place a circular rug at the bottom of your stairs. This can have the effect of circulating and slowing down the energy.

    Hope this helps!

    Posted by Jane Langof, 04/05/2010 3:57pm (10 years ago)

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