A floating staircase features a modern design to add a personal style with clean lines to your living space.

So, why not create a floating staircase design with open risers and support beams that ticks all the boxes to give a modern feel today?

We chose some of the best staircases with a floating effect to add to your place. Check Modern House Design on a Budget for more ideas on modern-designed homes.

What is a Floating Stair?

Floating stairs give the impression of openness in your house, making the area appear larger than it is. They also don’t completely block views or the next wall. As a result, they’re an excellent option for individuals searching for a more modern aesthetic in their homes!

Floating Staircases Ideas

When installing a floating stair system, you can find several options to add to your interior design. The best part is you can add any of the modern floating stairs seen here to future projects to let them have more natural light. You can find a custom-engineered stairway to suit everyone’s interior design taste.

Metal Floating Stairs

Designed by Lawrence Architecture l MODLUST

Here, we have a stainless steel stairway with a simple handrail as the main support from the same material. It adds a touch of industrialism to the interior decor as the walls have a rough finish. You see different shades of gray to create a nice balance, and it is found in a West Seattle Residence.

Floating Treads

Designed by Klaarchitectuur l MODLUST

For something more minimalist in decor, you see a black floating staircase that stands out from the wall with thin, simple lines and dark colors against the white wall. To fit perfectly into your modern home, you can make your stair system using different wood species, from red oak to Brazilian cherry. Klaarchitectuur designed the floating staircase above.

Floating Staircase Ideas With Wood

Floating stairs with glass railing l MODLUST

The attractiveness of the vast and minimalist entryway is enhanced by its simplicity and transparency. You must agree that a wood and glass railing system gives a place an asymmetrical, unique, yet eye-catching design. It creates an unusual yet interesting effect, allowing in more light.

Wood and Concrete with Glass Railing System

Wood and concrete with glass side strais l MODLUST

The look of a floating staircase with steps and a glass banister is edgy and modern. It creates an airy open space while the rest of the home remains transparent. It has a strong glass balustrade that stands out against the dark color of the stairs.

Enclosed Double-Stringer Floating Stairs

double stringer stairs

The custom staircase with an open riser design and welded steel frame makes this stringer floating staircase unique.

Industrial Staircase

Industrial floating staircases l MODLUST

The stair stringer, railing top rail, and handrail are all made of steel that seems like they came straight from the mill. The staircase design is also known as a mono-stringer floating stairs.

Floating Stairs with Zigzag Stringers

Zigzag stringer stairs l MODLUST

The black powder finish on the stringers may contrast with the light color of the white oak stair treads. Stainless steel supports and a white oak top rail make up the railing. The treads are thick, while the glass panels add flair to any living space. It looks as if it has a stainless steel railing system.

Monumental Floating Stairs

Monumental floating stair l MODLUST

For the stairwell, it was developed and built an Ithaca-style cable railing system. Instead of using stone treads, they used wooden ones.

Rustic Floating Staircase

Rustic floating staircase l MODLUST

The stair stringers and cable railing posts are powder-coated steel in a matte “Raven Black” finish. As you can see, it looks like spectacular wood. It also has thick treads for stability.

Grand Entry Split Stairs

Grand entry split staircase l MODLUST

A steel stinger and mounting plates for the heavy wood treads are installed on each flight of stairs with a connecting walkway floor platform. The style with the white walls and steel frame makes it stand out. Now imagine something like this in your house.

U-Shaped Stairs

U shape stairs l MODLUST

In this stair design, two straight stairs run in opposite directions and are connected by a platform.

Cantilevered Stairs

Cantilevered Stairs l MODLUST

These stairs are linked by a steel stringer that runs parallel to a concrete wall, giving the impression that the stairs are fixed.

Sawtooth Double Stringer

Sawtooth double stringer l MODLUST

For the steps, cable railings were utilized to keep the open feel. With its crisp, clear lines, the new staircase is a beautiful match for the home’s modern interior design.

Black Floating Stair Treads

Black Floating Stair Treads

The black stair treads do not follow a straight line but curve to create a spiral staircase design with a strong contrast and shape.

Floating Staircase Features Cable Railing System

31 Blair Road Residence 31 Blair Road Residence @archdaily

These floating staircases are different and are not attached to a wall but hang with a cable railing system. As you will see, only one portion features the detail against the wall. The design is at Blair Road Residence.

Floating Steel Staircase Design

These floating staircases found in a home in Casa VMS, Spain, were designed by Macros Miguélez. It is in a granite-clad home that connects the living room to the library.

Steel Staircases

steel staircases

We have steel stair treads coated and suspended from the ceiling beam, creating a sculptured stepped formation. The staircase by Haptic is completed with blocky wooden steps that doubles up as seating with an open-plan kitchen.

Staircase Suspended by Steel Poles

Sturlasgade stair by JAC studios Sturlasgade stair by JAC studios

The steel staircase is by Jac Studios in Copenhagen, designed in two parts for an apartment in Sturlasgade, and has pale-toned finishes with natural lighting. It is suspended from steel poles with a smoked oak look and tapered with terrazzo steps.

Chunky Cantilevered Staircase

Photo by A Avdeenko l MODLUST

The chunky cantilevered staircase is found in Ukraine against a concrete wall that Azovskiy & Pahomova Architects designed.


Frequently Asked Questions

The other name for floating staircases is cantilevered staircases.

The Floating staircase is typically more expensive as it is designed with materials like wood or metal. You can also find a glass staircase with a metal stringer and steel railings.

These staircases are unsuitable when you have children or elderly people in the home as their feet might slip, causing them to fall.

Whether you have a spiral or other floating staircase, it is usually supported by a central spine, metal brackets, or hidden metal stringers.

You can find L-shaped, U-shaped, straight, winder, curved, cantilevered, and spiral staircases.

When you look at the building code requirements, the staircase must bear a weight of at least 300 lbs of concentrated weight.


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