Add Visual Interest to Contemporary Home Design with Floating Staircases
- 0.1 Those who appreciate minimalistic design might want to install floating staircases.
- 1 Floating Staircases
Those who appreciate minimalistic design might want to install floating staircases.
Staircases have always been perceived as design elements in interior design. Over the years, architects have constantly experimented with its form and structure, and this is evident in the range of designs available for staircases today. Advancement in technology has enabled designers to find alternate ways of providing structural support to the staircase giving birth to a new genre of staircase design, there are floating staircases.
The floating staircases follow the principle of minimalist architecture, usually retaining only the staircase treads.
It eliminates or at least minimizes the visual presence of the archaic structural members of the staircase, lending it a contemporary look. In most cases, the structural supports to the floating staircases are provided by the adjacent wall and the tread members are cantilevered from the wall to form the floating staircases. The structural elements can either be concealed within the wall or can be hidden below the staircase tread. These treads are fine slabs; wood, concrete and steel being the commonly used materials. Also, glass is frequently put to use to heighten the visual appeal of floating staircase.
In absence of the supporting wall, a single stringer in the middle or two at both the ends can be provided to hold the treads. Steel and iron are frequently used as stringers. Another variant of the floating staircase is the suspended one. In this stylish form of the floating staircase, the staircase treads are hung from the ceiling using steel rods or cables; lending the interiors a chic look. Floating staircases often adopt the spiral form. This is because of its ease of design with the central structural member holding the treads projecting out from it to form the staircase.