Cantilevered Staircases

The cantilevered 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 floating staircases work?

  • Floating Staircase Designs

  • Bespoke Cantilevered Staircase Projects

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

How are cantilever stairs fixed?

A cantilevered staircase beam anchors at only one end allowing the protruding construction to overhang without any external bracing.


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

Canal can also apply the floating staircase design to a wide range of staircase designs – including steel floating stairs – in any residential interior as well as commercial environments.

Straight Staircases
• Quarter Turn
• Half turn
Helical Staircases
• Curved

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 structural design of cantilevered staircases allows for the staircase to become a distinctive feature of a property. The projects below will give you an insight into how cantilevered staircases can be tailored to suit your personal needs.

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

Cantilevered staircases can be used in both residential and corporate properties. Feel free to browse through our cantilevered 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


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