Cantilevered or floating staircases appear to defy gravity.
A cantilevered staircase has each tread fixed only at one end. The supporting structure is hidden within each tread and behind the face of the wall. There are no supports between the treads.
By supporting the staircase in a way that conceals all the fixings, a cantilevered design certainly has the wow-factor and also adds an element of intrigue around how and what is holding it up.
The cantilevered staircase manages to be minimalist while at the same time creating a massive impact.
The design offers an enormous choice in terms of configurations and materials. Popular material choices include:
- stone (natural or cast)
- composite materials, such as Corian and concrete
Obviously, the material you choose will have an impact on the way in which the staircase is supported, with some materials such as chunky timber and stone being heavier than others. Your material choice will also have an effect on what the staircase will cost — timber tends to be cheaper than those made from glass, although the timber you choose will determine by how much.