Cantilever Staircases

The cantilever staircase might sound elaborate, but in theory, it is just a flight of stairs running up an inside or outside wall although it is the engineering that is hidden away that makes it look simple.

  • How do cantilever staircases work?

  • Cantilever Staircase Designs

  • Bespoke Cantilever Staircase Projects

A cantilever ‘floating’ stair beam anchors at only one end allowing the protruding construction to overhang without any external bracing.

A Cantilever structure is mostly found within building structures, towers, bridges and aircraft. Canal incorporates the same principle into a floating staircase design but also creates a slender contemporary solution. Canal Architectural can install a wide range of bespoke staircases for both commercial and residential environments.

The simplistic design of the overhanging tread has allowed our designers to create some very striking design concepts. The cantilever staircase can be designed to create more space in a property.

Canal can also apply the cantilever design to a wide range of staircase designs in any residential interior as well as commercial environments.

The transformation from a standard stair into one that needs no support underneath or between the treads creates a vision of open space. In addition, the seamless ‘floating’ appearance that is aesthetically pleasing and enhances the natural light flow within any environment. The cantilever staircases structural design allows for the staircase to become a distinctive feature of a property. The projects below will give you an insight into how the cantilever staircases details can be tailored to suit your personal needs.

All cantilever and floating staircases are manufactured at Canal Engineering headquarters in Nottingham.

Cantilever staircases can be used in both residential and corporate properties. Feel free to browse through our cantilever staircase projects below to gain an insight into how these staircases can add a wow factor to a property.


“I chose Canal Engineering because of their ability to precision fabricate and install within a complex and awkward geometry. They were able to provide us with a finish that has a natural patina whilst also being hardwearing, develop mock ups to help us make the right choice of detail and complete the work within a reasonable budget.”

Professor Julian Marsh

MA Dip. Arch RIBA FRSA

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