What are floating stairs?

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Written By Berry Mathew

Floating staircases, otherwise known as open riser staircases, are rapidly gaining popularity in the world of interior design.

They are designed to hide the supporting structure of the staircase, which gives the impression that the stairs are floating.

The risers (the vertical bit of each step) are left open. This increases light flow through your hallways, making your space appear airier and larger.

Are floating stairs safe?

At first glance, floating stairs can appear to be unsafe. If you have young children or pets, you may be concerned that they could fall through the open risers.

However, UK building regulations ensure that floating stairs are completely safe. They state that there must be no gap on the staircase that would allow a sphere of 100mm to pass through it. This is commonly referred to as the ‘baby’s head rule’.

For increased safety, many people choose to incorporate toughened glass risers into their staircase. This offers the same benefit of increasing light flow, but should alleviate any safety concerns.

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Benefits of floating stairs

Aside from the obvious advantage of making your hallways lighter and brighter, there are several other advantages to opting for this modern staircase design.

Floating stairs provide a unique look – Perfect for adding a one-of-a-kind flair to your home, floating stairs offer a simple and modern look that will complement any interior.

They’re versatile – From traditional straight wooden stairs to L-shaped or even U-shaped floating stairs in wood, glass or steel, the design and layout possibilities for floating stairs are endless.

Maximise storage – Because the area beneath the staircase isn’t closed off, this opens up the space for a wide range of storage options. Floating stairs are therefore ideal for smaller homes that don’t have a great deal of storage space. They can even be designed to incorporate bespoke storage solutions.

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Speak to the staircase experts

If you’d like to discuss your options for floating staircase installation, get in touch with the experts at Abbott Wade.

With many years of experience in designing and installing stunning staircases across the UK, they’re perfectly placed to answer any questions you may have.

Give them a call on 01744 634442. Alternatively, send a message using their online contact form for a swift and well-informed response from a friendly member of their team.