Being a unique and contemporary design option, floating or suspended stairs create a modern style with stairs that look like it is hanging in midair. They are created through attachments of treads to a staircase stringer or a wall on one side.
Floating staircases are perfect for a building that requires minimal interior decorations. Depending on the style that you want to achieve with your suspended stairs, you can choose your treads from glass, wood or stone. You can also include a handrail on the staircase for your peace of mind. That said, below are factors that will help you achieve a desirable staircase.
If yours is a residential building, your staircase should be at the centre for the ease of accessibility of all rooms. On the other hand, if you are targeting a commercial or industrial building, the staircase should be near the entrance. This way, people can easily find their way around. As a safety measure, your floating staircase should have a fire-resistant floor, wall, and ceiling.
Pitch and Flight
The amount of energy used when moving vertically is twice as much as when moving horizontally. Therefore, the most accurate pitch is the inclination achieved by increasing the rise by two and adding the going to get a total of 23 — by measuring going and rise in inches.
In that case, a perfect fit should be between 30° and 40°. While still on the stair measurements, ensure that the number of steps per flight does not exceed 12, and is not less than 3.
There is nothing as dangerous as a tall person walking up a floating staircase with little headroom. To avoid accidents, the open area between the soffit and the treads should always be between 2.1–2.3 metres and not anything less. This will accommodate tall people as well as people with loads above their heads.
With the modern development in engineering technology, you can choose to have spiral, straight, or any other type of floating stairs in your premises. The type of tread material that you select is dependent on how frequent you will use the staircase as well as the design of your house.