In recent years, floating staircases (also known as cantilevered staircases) have become increasingly popular with architects and interior enthusiasts alike. They offer a minimalist, simple staircase solution that also makes a maximum impact in terms of design.

However, one of the main concerns often voiced by our clients is to do with their safety – will children or pets be able to slip through the gaps between treads and how exactly the treads are supported are two questions we get asked on a regular basis. To address these concerns, we’ve compiled this short guide to the safety of floating staircases.

What is a floating staircase?

A floating staircase is a staircase where each tread appears to ‘float’ up the wall, with the support system hidden by being built into the wall. They are typically constructed using

very strong materials such as wood and metal, with optional added details such as glass and balustrades.

Are floating stairs safe?

In short – yes, floating staircases are safe. If you’re concerned about young children or pets slipping between the gaps, there’s a regulation that the gap between the risers or the space between the balustrade cannot be greater than 100mm, meaning the space is too small for a child to get stuck or fall through.

Other elements of stair safety include slip factor, tread strength. and the potential to fall through. Here at DDC London, we can assure you that our years of experience and wealth of expertise mean that all of our designs are built using the highest quality of materials and in complete adherence with building regulations. We work closely with architects and builders on the job to ensure everything is correctly installed.

Choosing a designer and fabricator for floating stairs

If you’ve made the decision that you’d like to have floating stairs installed in your home or project, you’ll need to be able to find a designer that you can trust and that stays within budget. At DDC London, we pride ourselves on our ability to bring the visions of our clients to life in an affordable way. We work closely with all of our customers to create the statement staircase of their dreams, using a vast range of materials on bespoke projects while also offering a selection of prefabricated styles.

Floating staircase experts in London

If you’d like to talk to us about your staircase project or have any questions about the way we work, get in touch with us on 020 8004 9635 or visit our FAQ page for more information. If you’d like to take a look at staircases we’ve worked on, take a look at our online gallery.