How to Use Free Standing Stairs for a Minimalist Aesthetic

As the open floorplan continues to grow in popularity, and residential and commercial designs seek to maximize square footage, many homeowners, builders, and architects have turned to free standing staircases to enhance their spaces.

With no supporting walls either below or to the sides, free standing staircases provide both minimalist style and function. These magnificent residential and commercial staircases offer unobstructed views of a space, letting the décor speak for itself.

Available in both straight and curved stair designs, free standing construction options are endless. Without wall support, the staircases can be supported by wood or metal stringers and finished with handrail systems of all styles.

Top Characteristics of Free Standing Stairs

  • Simple lines that accent minimalist décor
  • Graceful design with precision construction
  • Allows more light to penetrate the space
  • Smooth transition from one floor to the next
  • Seamless installation with a trusted partner

Trends in Free Standing Staircase Design

When seeking a free standing staircase to open up a commercial space or residence, the options are endless. Today we feature five free standing stair projects to provide inspiration and to illustrate the beautiful impact these staircases can have upon a space.

  1. Contemporary Commercial Free Standing Stair

    This contemporary staircase is constructed of glass and stainless steel. A commercial stair, this curved staircase is not only free standing, but open rise as well. The support-free construction, open rise style and wood dual stringers offer a sleek, minimalist elegance.

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  2. Elegant Curved Sorority Stair

    Elegant and traditional, the wood staircase below features traditional turned balusters and newels with stained treads and paint grade risers. This curved staircase, designed to perfect the elegant look of a sorority house, is a beautiful example of a more classic free standing stair.

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  3. Modern, Clean Lined Commercial Staircase

    In contrast, our next free standing staircase is anything but traditional. Modern and upscale, this commercial staircase is a cutting-edge design. Curved with stainless steel horizontal bars, wood stringers and open rise treads, the open design perfectly accents this modern commercial space.

    commercial staircase

  4. Tuscan Residential Curved Staircase

    Next up: a luxury residential curved stair that takes a Tuscan spin on the free standing curved staircase. With curbed wood stringers and Tuscan iron balusters, this staircase balances the support-free simplicity with elaborate iron detailing to offer a striking look.

    luxury Curved Staircase

  5. Modern Residential Curved Stair

    Featuring open risers and stainless steel bars, this modern residential curved stair is the epitome of minimalist design. The sleek wood handrail completes the project with a strong stylistic impact.

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Free Standing Stairs by Southern Staircase

Feeling Inspired?

Visit our curved stairs and straight stairs project galleries for additional details and pictures on our exquisite projects.  From inspiration to installation our team is committed to designing and building the highest quality custom staircases.  Our reputation speaks for itself and client satisfaction is our highest priority.  Contact us today to discuss your next free standing stairs project.

Why Southern Staircase?

Now that we have given you inspiration, you may be asking why choose Southern Staircase?

  • 30 Year commitment to high quality, expert stair craftsmanship
  • Industry leading design with an innovative approach
  • Seamless project management commitment to meet schedules and delivering results
  • In depth knowledge of codes and regulations
  • National, from coast to coast