If you’re an owner of a two-story home, then you understand the importance of a safe, sturdy, and beautifully crafted staircase. While some homeowners prefer a standard staircase, others appreciate the added benefits, look, and feel of custom designed stairs. For some, floating stairs are the best option to improve their home. They are undeniably beautiful, but they provide other benefits that many homeowners take for granted.
What Is a Floating Staircase?
A floating staircase, or self-supporting staircase, is purposefully designed to minimize or hide the supporting structure of the staircase. This gives them their trademark light, mid-air floating appearance. Depending on your municipalities’ building codes you may even be able to install floating stairs without a handrail, further enhancing the levitating look.
Floating stairs provide a number of benefits to homeowners that stem from their unique design. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of floating staircases.
1) Floating Stairs Provide A One of a Kind Look and Feel
A floating staircase can act as an accent or add flair to a room, creating a unique layout that inspires a simple, modern look. Their levitating appearance gives them a light appearance that complements almost any interior or home style.
Of course, when floating stairs are used in combination with an open floor plan, they also allow more light to enter your home. In turn, helping to create a naturally lit, airy, and relaxing, home environment. This makes them ideal for homeowners who wish to create a modern or open downstairs area.
2) Floating Stairs Are Versatile
One of the biggest benefits of floating staircases is their versatility in design. They can be installed in a number of different ways, which allows them to fit in a wide variety of spaces and room sizes. Additionally, there are several types of floating stairs:
●Straight or standard
The number of options for railings is equally as wide, and, of course, there are a number of stair tread materials available, as well. This includes glass, steel, and wood. For homeowners creating a warm, inviting look, wood stair treads come in a variety of wood species. Wood is especially versatile in the thickness it can easily be cut, and the texturing options that are available.
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3) They Create an Open Floor Plan in Your Home
With traditional staircases, the view to adjoining rooms, or even across the same room is blocked. This can create cramped spaces or a limited, closed-off view within your home. However, floating staircases open up the space between rooms. They can even make spaces in your home appear larger, and more expansive.
Floating stairs can be an ideal solution in homes that offer smaller spaces, when you already have less living space. Incorporating a floating staircase can create a sense of openness and space.
Alternatively, if you have a larger space and are planning an open floor plan, then a floating staircase is a must-have addition.
4) They Offer Practical and Convenient Storage
Because floating stairs minimize or hide their support, it opens up the area beneath them for storage space. This can be a great convenience for you if your home doesn't have enough storage space, or if you simply want extra room to create an additional simple, effective means of storing belongings or avoiding clutter. In fact, you can even have your floating staircase designed with additional storage in mind.
Find The Perfect Look For Your Home
Whenever you’re undergoing any home renovation project, it’s important to find the perfect look for your home. Equally important is making sure you create that look using quality parts. If you’re planning or installing a floating staircase in your home, Hardwood Lumber is here to help make sure your stairs are beautiful and well crafted.
Hardwood Lumber is proud to manufacture quality, thick floating stair treads. Our treads are available in custom sized dimensions in over 15 wood species - from birch and mahogany to maple and cherrywood. We also offer a range of texture options including hand-scraped, wire brushed, sawcut, and distressed. Click below to shop our full selection of floating stair treads or give us a call if you have questions about a custom order!