A house on top of the stairs – instead of a banister


We made this little house out of MDF building boards to serve as a barrier to the staircase on our second floor. The railing did not go all the way around the staircase and our budget did not allow us to make a fancy banister.

When we moved into our house, the second floor was nothing but an attic. You could walk up the stairs , but it only lead you to a wall and a door out to the cold storage space. We re-did the attic into our living area (with 3 bedrooms and a bath). The renovations worked out nicely but left us with a ugly gap by the stairs.

Someday we´ll probably do a proper banister but at the time we did not have any more money to spend on home improvment and this alternative would keep the kids safe and not be to hard on our wallet. Also it is such a cute addition to our second floor.


This is what it looked like before the house. Not very inspiring. dosfamily-howtobuildahouse

The box was put together in this order. You´ll need a saw, glue and a screw driver and a helping hand.
I hope it makes sense.
Start from the bottom with no 1, 2, and 3. Ask your “helping hand” to hold the board in place while you glue and screw it in place.
A whole board did not fit our staircase so the back is divided in two pieces (4, 5)
Cut the edge of the board in an angle before you attach it , see below.
Lastly add the roof, 6 and 7, and putty the holes before you paint it.

It is currently white but I want to change the color or add some wallpaper. If ou get any bright ideas let me know!




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Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

May 19, 2015 at 18:13

this beats fancy bannister every time! and it’s going straight to the top of to-do list

Jenny Brandt
May 19, 2015 at 20:08
– In reply to: t.l

Oh Thanks! Go for it.

May 20, 2015 at 13:39

Good job! I may copy this one as well. And we don’t even have the stairs!

Jenny Brandt
May 20, 2015 at 14:54
– In reply to: Katarina

Haha. Sounds good