Floating stairs, also known as cantilever stairs, are characterised by a design where there are no supports between treads, giving the illusion that they have floating steps. It is for this reason that suspended, or floating staircases are popular in homes where there is a desire to create a real wow-factor.
The treads of suspended staircases, or floating stairs are usually fixed to a solid wall one end, ensuring stability. Often the weight of a floating staircase’s treads is distributed by fixing the visible end to a handrail or glass balustrading.
Popular materials used in floating stairs design, or cantilever staircase design include concrete, steel, timber and particularly glass, so the staircase’s floating steps are fully visible.
It’s possible to style floating staircases in a variety of ways, floating metal stairs, for instance are an excellent choice for contemporary homes. A floating spiral staircase features a central column spiral usually formed of steel and a popular option is to combine steel with an organic material such as timber. Floating glass stairs are another popular option, allowing light to travel through the feature design – floating glass stairs are often found in more minimal homes.
Floating stairs are usually fitted in new builds however it is entirely possible for a floating staircase to be retrofitted and EeStairs has experience of creating exceptional design solutions for both scenarios.
Suspended stairs will often get you the “wow factor”, when they are designed right. This is why we always enjoy working on a cantilever staircase, it truly shows what good craftmanship can accomplish.