How to Build Floating Stairs Outside – 3 Step Guide

how to build floating stairs outside

Floating staircase is a popular and new trend in the construction world. As we all know, the staircase is one of the focal points of an entire structure. 

At Ovomos, we have the most floating staircase design and you can customize your stairs too. We also ship the staircase with utmost care and safety. We install floating stairs both indoors and outdoors. In-home, office, industry, or re-modeling of any structures, we offer our service. So, if you want to know how to build floating stairs, please continue reading! 

What Are Floating Stairs? 



If you think that floating stairs are literally floating, then you’re wrong! A floating staircase is designed to hide the spine or supporting pillar of the staircase. For hiding the supporting pillar, the staircase looks like floating. It creates a minimalistic design and makes the living space bigger.

Floating stairs can be paired with any kind of structure, both indoor and outdoor. Moreover, you can design pairs of floating stairs with versatile designed handrails and railings. The floating staircase looks gorgeous, wonderful, and elegant on any structure. 

Types of Floating Stairs


There are multiple types and materials options you can choose for your outdoor floating stairs. One thing you should keep in mind is, always choose safety over anything while choosing the type and shape of stairs. Let’s see the versatility of the floating staircase-

1. Free-Floating Stairs


Have you heard of cantilever stairs? The cantilevered stair is another form of the free-floating stair. This type of floating stair is the epitome of free-floating stairs. It is slim, elegant and the most aesthetic with minimalistic design. The small gaps between the stairs make the illusion of a floating staircase. 

This type of stair needs a supporting wall and the width should be enough to support the design with the wall. To ensure stability and safety, free-floating stairs shouldn’t be much wider. As the free-floating staircase doesn’t have railings, if you have small children in the home, this staircase isn’t suitable for you. Safety first! 

2. Wooden Floating Stairs 


You can design wooden floating stairs in cantilever stairs or central spine designs. The most popular trend nowadays is using wooden floating stairs supported by a wall. Quasi-floating stairs are using the stair with a spine or central support. 

However, if you use cantilever stairs, make sure to use the best wood. Some woods are easy to bend and wrap, avoid those kinds of woods. You should choose the wood depending on the support of the floating stair. In a traditional free-floating staircase, the support is hidden in the wall. So, to ensure safety and stability, the wooden treads should be sturdier, stronger, and thick to endure any pressure. 

3. Metal Stringer Floating Stairs 


Stringer sits on each side of the flight of steps. Stringers are often made of wood in traditional stairs. Since styles are changing, so stringers are now made from steel. According to the client’s design requirements, we use single or double stringers.

Nowadays, treads are also made from metal sheets to avoid bending and wrapping. With structural support, safety, and aesthetic design, the metal floating staircase is used outdoors a lot! 

How Do Floating Stairs Work? 


In floating stairs, the most important thing is the supporting wall or spine. It provides the entire support for your staircase. In a free-floating staircase, most of the support leans on the wall as it doesn’t have any spine or central support underneath. It creates a very clean and elegant look. 

Well, if you are worried that your free-floating staircase won’t be able to get proper support from the wall or that there is a safety risk. Then you can use the central spine underneath the staircase. Even if you use a central supporting spine underneath the staircase, it still holds the floating look. 

As a bonus, it won’t damage your wall, rather it looks quite beautiful in any space, indoor or outdoor. You might get familiar with different types of staircase designs, but they are different in features. Anyways, you can make the central spine with any kind of material like wood, metal, or concrete. 

How to Build Floating Stairs Outside? 


Now, we reached the main point of the floating stairs how to build. As we mentioned before, you can customize your floating stair design with us and leave the rest to Ovoms! If we handle your staircase making process, we follow the following proceedings-

1. Take Measurements 


Before we make or design your staircase, we take specific measurements of your space. It makes it easier for us to draft and design the structure of the staircase. We also check for the building code. We take note of the maximum and minimum measurements with load capacity. Then, we design all the functionalities of the staircase according to the client’s desire. 

2. Manufacturing


After we take all the materials details, functionality, safety precautions and proper measurements, we send all the details to the manufacturing team. Most of the staircases are manufactured from the factory and the installer doesn’t have to worry about wielding or furnishing the stairs anymore. We want our process and all steps to be done in a hassle-free way. 

3. Finally Install 


You don’t have to worry about installing the stairs or hiring another team. When we ship the staircase if you order our installation team will come to your place to install the entire structure with care. So, the process will be faster and safer. 




Q: Are floating stairs safe?

Ans: If you follow the building code and make the floating stairs, then it should be safe. As the free-floating stair doesn’t have railings, it’s not recommended for houses with children. Pay more attention to the supporting character of the stairs. You must have proper height handrails for safety too. 

Q: How much weight floating stairs can hold?

Ans: Generally, floating stairs can hold 330lbs or 150kg on every single step. But, be careful about the building code and its specified rules. Check your local building rules for the details. 

Q: Are floating stairs expensive? 

Ans: Well, yeah. Floating stairs are much more expensive than you think. You may think that an Oak staircase costs a lot, but floating stairs are more expensive. A floating staircase may cost an average of around $5,000 to $10,000. The price is determined by a lot of factors like several treas and supporting wall/spine. Also, materials play a crucial role in cost. 

Final Verdict 


Trust us, our expert team has been making and installing all kinds of stairs for years. We understand your requirements and try our best to offer you the quickest, hassle-free, and most satisfying result.  We pay utmost attention to safety and determine all the precautions.

Overall, we can assure you that our team Ovomos is one of the best staircase suppliers who can gain positive feedback by all means and get satisfying reviews. Henceforth, if you want to make any floating staircase indoor or outdoor in your space, you can contact us and we’ll reach you as fast as we can. Have a good day! 

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