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Floating Staircases

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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If you are looking to implement a staircase into your home that is impressive and in a league of its own, then floating staircases are truly the best fit for you. A quasi artistic and engineering feat, floating staircases stand out from the rest in terms of design and structural properties and of course, they are incredibly intriguing to look at. But, they come with restrictions. To create the marvellous floating effect, the steps nee  to be mounted as a cantilever to a wall which amazingly, negates the need for railing.

Available in a wide range of materials from steel to glass, you can easily add a floating staircase into your future or current home. To help you in the process, we have put together a collection of outstanding examples to get you thinking. Take a look…

Suspended Metal

The designers behind this staircase have successfully elongated the height of the roof and ceiling by adding these clever suspension poles.  Aiding the weight bearing capacity of the staircase, they also complement the artistic feel of the structure. The eye is forced upwards, perking curiosity to know what lies above. Note the absence of railing and balusters? This maintains the fluidity and momentum of the design.

Folded Paper

These are two exemplary examples of floating staircases, or one would have you think… . The one on the left resembles folded paper with a gentle bend in the centre. Little would you know, it is actually a part of the wall below. Understandably, it is not a true floating staircase in the sense of the word, but was added to this ideabook to show how the designers have cleverly achieved the illusion of floating.

The picture on the right looks as though it is floating ever so gently between the levels. A cantilevered structure and engineering feat, these bespoke architectural marvels are for clients who are looking for a serious level of wow factor and to have their staircases be the talking point of their homes.


An outstanding display of craftsmanship and design, this set of stairs resembles a childhood art project; folding a piece of cardboard onto itself multiple times, then releasing it to reveal this springy zigzag shape. If you look very closely, you can see the joins in the timber. But only just. The manufacturer has taken much care in the finished result to ensure a product that appears to have been carved from one solid piece of wood. To finish, the geometry of the room has been complimented with angular railing; a gentle addition to the already modern and contemporary feel of the space.

Light The Way

Doubling up as a light source and a work of art, this set of stairs completely illuminates the room and commands your attention. Despite the fact it occupies the same colour palette as the rest of the space, the subtle addition of inner lighting completely draws your attention away from anything else. Whilst most floating staircases appear airy and weightless, the designer has achieved quite the opposite effect in that the structure seems bold and solid.

Highly Strung

 Corridor & hallway by ASCENSO

Escalier suspendu sur mesure


This powdered white metal staircase appears to float in midair, blending seamlessly into its surroundings. Like the strings of a marionette, it hangs from the floor above inviting you to ascend between the levels. The design contrasts directly against the grey walls but is highlighted subtly due to its stark tone, as with the cabinet below the television. 

To see more exciting staircase ideas see ’Bespoke staircases and Staircase design’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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