The Functional Beauty of Free-Floating Staircases

Floating Stairs


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.

A Better Look

Essentialism is a key tenet in contemporary design. Unlike minimalism, this design principle encourages you to fill your home with items that support your goals. In extending this concept to the architecture of your home, you create a space that is functional and comfortable.

Floating staircases create an open feel, making the surrounding space seem larger than it actually is. In addition, they do not entirely block views or the adjacent wall. This makes them a top choice for those looking for sleeker home interiors. Well-designed floating stairs create an edginess that traditional options just can’t emulate.


Floating stairs are more versatile than traditional stairs as they can be fitted in many more areas of the home.  Cantilevered versions only require a strong wall. They can even be installed in the middle of your floorplan should they serve a better purpose there. Their independence from walls makes it possible to build them anywhere you need them. For many models in our Ascendo range, it is possible to create beautiful half-landing staircases that still look light. You no longer have to worry about your stairs being an obstruction to your space.


Because floating stairs do not have a solid structure to support them, the space beneath the stairs can be used in a variety of different ways. The area can make a handy reading nook, a spot for a shelf or a space for a home office. Easily convert the underside of your floating staircase into much-needed storage space. Smaller multi-storey homes make clever use of floating staircases for this reason. When space is scant, a floating staircase is a top choice.

A Subtle Statement

In the past grand staircases were a common feature in homes of the rich and noble. Nowadays, design has shifted to prefer ingenious design over sheer grandeur. Floating staircases offer the perfect blend of elegance and imaginative design, perfect for the modern home.

Traditional staircase designs are fine, but floating stairs provide additional functional value to your home. Light penetrates and seeps through a space much more readily with floating stairs. The open spaces between its treads and underneath  let light flow into the room. This gives your home an effortlessly open and airy feeling that is hard to come by with a grand staircase.

Enhance Your Home with Ackworth House

Your staircase, much like the rest of your home, is a reflection of your personal aesthetic. A floating staircase is a practical way to enhance your home. This design creates a feeling of light and uncluttered space, being both functional and stylish.

At Ackworth House, our extensive experience in designing and building these stairs will help you create just the right feature for your home. You even have the option to design your own staircase. Apart from our ready-made designs, our team will help you create your own. We have a seven-step process that allows you to do just that.

We take a hands-on approach with all our projects. Beginning with the consultation, we’ll help you realise the vision you have for your home. Next, we invite an engineer to ensure the planned build adheres with New Zealand’s regulations. Afterwards, our team builds and installs your bespoke staircase. We ensure the success of your project by assigning a dedicated project manager. They will act as our bridge throughout the build to prevent any miscommunications. We are dedicated to making sure that you get the staircase you dream of, matched with exceptional service.

We help you turn dream staircase designs into reality. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services.

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