Modern design is now becoming the trend in many homes and offices. Some options include exploring minimalism and unique materials for construction. One design that many are now starting to explore is suspended or floating stairs.
Floating stairs are becoming a design staple for homes that are trying to maximise space and materials. These stairs often have no visible underlying support, but they are engineered to withstand any weight. It gives any home the illusion of open space as well as unrestricted access.
Engineering at its Best
The contemporary and ultra-modern design of a floating staircase system depends on a stringer or beam support system. There can be a stringer placed at the centre of the stairs or both sides.
Some floating stairs do not need the support of a wall; you can place them in many areas in your home. Since their support system allows for space and visibility, you could place them anywhere in your home and still enjoy good lighting and an open feeling.
Questions about Safety
Stairways have always been a worry for families with small children or those with grandparents living with them. Though floating staircases might seem risky, they are as stable and durable as regular stairs. You could place clear wall separations or bannisters for extra safety to maintain that floating look.
For additional safety, you could ask your contractor to create a grab rail for support. If you want to maintain the illusion of no rails, then at least install a plate-glass barrier. The gap between the steps should not be bigger than 10 centimetres. You could also install non-slip traction so that the stairs would provide enough friction and support for steps.
Floating stairs can suit houses with a modern and contemporary design. Owners and builders just need to work hand in hand to ensure that everyone at home will be safe with these elegant new designs.