10 Incredible Landing Ideas to Add Wow-Factor

Incredible landing idea for oak frame house
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

These creative and stylish landing ideas will give purpose to what can become an awkward transition space. Whether updating an existing space or designing a whole new one, don’t leave the landing in your home forgotten and start planning how to maximise its potential with these inspirational spaces. 

From narrow and small landings to grand bridge galleries, these ideas for landings and hallways will help you get on track to create the ultimate way to complete your stairway. 

1. Create a Built-in Feature Wall 

(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

By building a bookcase into a landing’s wall that spans the length of a mezzanine, Field Studio Architects has created a welcoming space filled with personality that can double as a reading area and office. 

2. Add a Bridge Landing in Double-height Areas

Oak frame bridge landing

(Image credit: Mark Welsh c/o Oakwrights)

This glazed bridge walkway helps to keep the central double-height space airy and light, while providing access to the second storey rooms that sit either wise of this oak frame self build by Oakwrights. 

3. Celebrate Unusual Features in Renovated Landings

Brick archway in landing

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

The beautiful brick archway of this cottage, uncovered by the homeowners during a renovation project, injects character and personality into the landing. The exposed timber frame and original wooden floorboards also give warmth to the new reading nook at the far end. 

(MORE: Renovating a House: The Complete Guide)

4. Think About Natural Light in Landings

(Image credit: Siobhan Doran c/o Selencky///Parsons)

Introducing and maximising opportunities for natural light is key to the success of landing in a renovated or newly-built house. Daylight was certainly a priority in this well-considered home office overlooking the kitchen-diner (right of image). 

(MORE: 15 Great Glazing Ideas)

5. Don’t be Afraid to Get Creative 

Incredible landing idea for oak frame house

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

In order to create a unique but cost-effective landing, this Border Oak home’s walkway features an MDF balustrade with star shapes cut out which cast shadows after dark and add interest to an otherwise simple feature.

6. Design a Landing with Multiple Uses in Mind

Mezzanine landing idea with seating area

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

This bright mezzanine landing with view out doubles as extra living space, as well as an occasional guest bedroom. 

7. A Place to Play in a Loft Conversion Landing

(Image credit: Adam Scott c/o Fraher & Findlay)

When tasked to design a loft conversion for a terraced home, Fraher and Findlay Architects came up with the concept of transforming the landing spaces into a play area adjacent to the new bedroom. A rooflight, artwork and storage nooks create a landing with functionality and purpose. 

Capture Views in Narrow Landings and Hallways

Landing idea with view and bookshelves

(Image credit: Andrew Lee)

The long expanse of glazing in this landing would make anyone want to pause and take in the stunning views; the bookcase-cum-window seat creates the perfect place to do so. 

Gallery landing idea

(Image credit: Nigel Rigden)

A place to play music, showcase artwork and store books, this galleried landing designed by Roderick James Architects pretty much does it all and redefines the limitation of what narrow landings can offer. 

10. Open up Landings and Corridors from Bedrooms

Home office in landing

(Image credit: Nigel Rigden)

In this Stan Bolt Architects’ self build, the landing is home to an office space that slows from the central atrium of the house. By keeping the area open without walls, the incredible countryside views are enjoyed from the front right through to the back of the house.  

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.