Floating staircases are designed to hide the supporting structure of the staircase, which gives the impression that the stair treads are floating. Floating stairs remove visual obstruc- tions and maximize living space. They can be installed indoors or outdoors, for homes, businesses or remodels. They can be paired with several different types of railing and handrail options—often installed with glass, cable or rod railing. Many of these options come with components that can be hidden in the posts themselves to enhance the illusion of floating.
Instead of being fixed to a substrate on either side of the steps, the stringer (or stringers) of floating stairs supports the staircase from below. Suppliers such as Viewrail engineer and manu- facture each section of your staircase to your specifications and ship it to you clearly marked and labeled to ensure quick assembly on site. You’ll receive your straight stair stringer in one piece, and all the tread brackets will come with bolts, so it’s simple to bolt the entire system together. Although the manufacture of the floating stair is not a DIY job, its installation can be, and a two-person team of DIY’ers should be able to complete the job by following Viewail’s online instructional videos. Learn more at www.viewrail.com.
ARE FLOATING STAIRS A DIY PROJECT?
and contain a wall rail bracket screwed into a stud or backing, every 4 feet. In the case of an open rail section to one side of the stair, it is easiest to mount the balusters on an angle cap. Stair building is an art. Many experienced carpenters have diffi- culties building stairs. Be patient, and with a little practice, you’ll be making your way up in the world on the steps you’ve just built.