Staircases have a big impact on defining the aesthetic look of your home. Whenever people walk into a home, the first focal point that typically meets their eyes is the staircase. It’s a structure with both function and presence that when customised, threads seamlessly into the architectural style of any modern or traditional home.
While some homeowners opt for standard staircases, others transform the look of their home with floating stairs.
What is a Floating Staircase?
A floating staircase is a staircase with minimal or no visible support between the treads. It has no risers, creating the illusion that it is floating. In some cases, the treads cantilever from the wall and are supported on the other side by a balustrade. In others, the floating staircase has a single spine running below the treads.
Floating staircases, which are of European design, are one of the more stylish staircases in the market that enhance a home’s interior design. A lack of structure beneath each step creates the illusion of floating treads.
This floating illusion is further enhanced by other stair features such as glass balustrades and minimalist treads.
The light yet sturdy appearance of floating stairs appeals to many homeowners as they can be a dramatic accent to a room’s design. When used in an open floor plan, the staircase allows light to stream into the home, creating a relaxing and natural environment.
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The Functional Beauty of Free-Floating Staircases
The staircase is a striking architectural feature in your home, occupying a central and often highly visible position. In the past, traditional concealed staircases were common, but today the space created by a floating stair treads is in high demand. With their subtle design that gives an impression of being suspended in air, floating interior stairs add an artful dimension to the home.
What are floating staircases exactly? Floating staircases are designed so that they appear to “float” because there is nothing visible underneath. They run along either one wall or are freestanding. Floating staircases also do not have a “riser” between each step, meaning that you can see through its entire construction. Floating stairs showcase their materials to their best advantage, by putting clever uses of wood, steel or glass on display, sometimes in the very centre of the room. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, floating staircases make their work look light and easy, but in order to get them right, they require careful engineering and construction.
Here in NZ, we are the experts in floating staircase design and installation and are passionate about their possibilities. In case you’re considering a floating staircase in your own home, we’ve compiled 5 reasons why they make a wonderful choice. In our opinion, the newest architectural feats in staircase design offer both style and functionality.
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