Techniques for Increasing Safety of Floating Staircases

Floating staircaseHomeowners looking for a unique design for their interiors could choose floating staircases. These stairs take up minimal space and are hence the best option for those who want to maximise interior space.

“Floating staircases” use no support between treads, and give the illusion of floating steps. Though they uplift virtually every interior space, the most significant concern with these stairs is safety. The treads are an essential part of their safety and wooden floating stairs, in this case, are largely the safest option. Here are some tips on how you can enhance your floating stairs.

Use Staircase Lighting

Adding lights to your staircase enhances safety. With LED technology, you can now install lights virtually anywhere on your steps and in any colour. Lights on the riser, handrails or steps add a dramatic look to your stairs in addition to enhancing their safety. Use light sources with wide beams placed on your stair heads to avoid casting shadows on treads.

Install Railings and Glass Balustrades

Though leaving your stairs open gives an illusion of space, it compromises safety. You can opt for railings or glass balustrades to increase safety without compromising the aesthetics. You can choose a wall mounted handrail to complement your stairs.

Ensure the Treads Are Strong

Remember floating staircase treads are fixed to walls on only one side. You should make sure you use treads that are strong enough to support any weight, and the attachment of the stairs to the wall is equally secure. This is crucial for safety since your steps do not have the conventional support.

You can add slip-resistant mats or strips to your treads for additional safety. Ensure you know local state regulations on staircase safety so that you comply. These laws typically regulate the distance between stair treads, placement of handrails and overall stair dimensions.