31+ Creative Garden Step and Stair Ideas

Creative Garden Stair and step ideas

To make steeply sloping properties accessible for outdoor use, it’s sometimes necessary to grade terraced areas. These terraces can be reached by properly designed steps.

Outdoor steps come in many types, sizes and materials, and are used for varying situations, from wooden steps leading from deck to lawn areas, to stone or masonry steps serving outdoor living areas, and more.

It’s critical to size steps correctly, and be consistent in their placement, not only for aesthetic purposes but for safety, too.

Outdoor stairs consist of risers, treads and stringers. When designing and constructing a span of stairs to transition from a low area to a higher elevation in an outdoor room, the goal is to make sure that, within a flight of steps, the tread widths and riser heights remain constant. There should be no deviations that could surprise a user and cause an accident.

Outdoor Stairs Formula for Design

With outdoor landscape steps, risers should be around 6″ or 7″ for longer runs of seven or more steps. For short runs or with gentle slopes, a 4″ to 5″ riser height is acceptable (for comparison, indoor steps usually run from 7″ to 10″). Measure the vertical difference from lower level to higher level. Divide that height by the desired riser height to get the number of steps necessary to span the distance.

Next, determine the tread width. Riser and tread measurements are related, and the tread width can be found using a formula: (riser height x 2) + tread width = a number from 24 to 28.

So, with a 4″ riser: (4″ x 2) + 18 (tread width) = 26″. An 18″ tread width would work. But remember the deeper the tread, the more space will be needed for the length of the stair run.

Railings and Landings for Landscape Steps

Be sure to check and adhere to all state and local building codes when constructing steps. Generally, outdoor stairs can be broader, and applied to more gentle slopes, than indoor steps.

A landing should be constructed if flights exceed 6 steps. Landings allow the user to pause, survey the surroundings, and catch her breath. Also, railings will need to be installed in situations where ice may be a problem.

Never use a single step. There’s a good chance of someone tripping and getting hurt. An exception might be a one-step up from a walk to a front door landing, if the step is accented by a change in architectural elements, plantings, or a flared walkway designating the change in elevation.

Landscape Stair Width

The width of a flight of garden steps is an important consideration. Widths less than 5′ are too narrow for garden steps. It’s best if widths are designed so that two people walking side by side can utilize the steps together.

Perception is important, too, and wide steps seem to be more welcoming. Wide stairs with deeper treads also lend themselves to sitting, for kids and adults, or as a setting for decorative items like containers for plants.

Always follow local and statewide building codes. Then keep the above rules and formula for designing stairs in mind as a general guide, but don’t feel they’re set in stone. Proportion and aesthetics may dictate a different approach.

With a little forethought, stairs for grade changes in the landscape can be beautiful as well as functional additions to the garden.

 

These are the types of garden stairs popular for the home, simple, natural. They’re perceived as the reflection of its owner’s aesthetic sense.

21+ Creative Garden Step and Stair Ideas

Ambelside | Botanica Design

Ambelside | Botanica Design | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: botanicadesign

Flagstone Garden Steps

Floating Stairs Garden

Floating Stairs garden | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: colsite

Hillside Sidewalk and Stairs

Hillside Sidewalk and stairs | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: ohiothoughtsblog

Outside Staircase Made Of Bamboo And Logs

Outside Staircase Made of bamboo and Logs | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: interiorish

Concrete Blocks Garden Stair

Concrete Blocks Garden Stair | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: thefigure5

Outdoor Stone Slab Stair

Mosaic Garden Stair

Mosaic Garden Stair | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: kimlarsonart

Garden Stair Made Of Wood And Gravel

Garden Stair Made of Wood and Garvel | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: jgsdesigns

Natural Stone Steps

Wooden Garden Stair

Wooden Garden Stair | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: ofdesign

Flower-Shaped Stepping Stones

Flower Shaped Stepping Stones | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: ofdesign

Landscaping Timber Stair

Landscaping Timber Stair | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: jsgardendesign

Stairs From Old Concrete Blocks

Stairs from Old Concrete Blocks | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: enviromom

Garden Stair Made Of Wood And Mulch

Garden Stair Made of Wood and Mulch | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: bonneylassie

Brick Stair 

Brick Stair | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: favim

Floating Garden Stair

Floating Garden Stair | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: gardendesign

Wooden Boardwalk

Wooden Boardwalk | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: familyhandyman

Log Stairs

Log Stairs | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: gforgardening

Stone Garden Staircase

Stone Garden Staircase | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: hommeg

Stone Stair

Stone Stair | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: mosaicgardens

Green Stair

Green Stair | Creative Garden Step & Stair Ideas | FarmFoodFamily

Source: diynetwork

Granite Staircase

Tire steps

Tire Steps | Garden Stair and Step Ideas
Source: Flickr

Cedar-framed stairs with decorative gravel fill

Source: flickr

Rosetta Steps

Source: nesbitslandscapesupply

Let’s go for a hike

Source: letsgoforahike

Gorgeous landscaping


Source: dreaminggardens

Stair Wood


Source: humideas

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