Using laminate flooring in your home, gives every room a smart and stylish look. What to do with the stairs? Stairs can be laminated as well. It is a very precise job, but once you’ve finished your own laminate stairs, you can enjoy the result for year.
You don’t have to have a laminate floor before you laminate your stairs. Maybe you just like the look of wooden stairs in a tiled hallway. It also matches very good with carpet.But when you already have installed laminate, it is possible to extend the laminate on to the stairs. Be careful with selecting the laminate for your stair. It should definetly match the color and print of the laminate on the surrounding floor.
When you decide to install the laminate on your stairs yourself, it is important that you know what you are doing. It is not as easy as installing swift lock flooring or regular laminate flooring. You have to work very accurate to get a good result. Three terms are very important:
Tread – the surface on the stair where you step on
Riser – the vertical part in between the treads
Stair nose – the front of the tread, used for making the corner between the tread and the riser nicely curved.
How to install laminate stairs yourself
There are two main options. The easiest is to use a complete laminate stairs kit, which will include prefab treads and risers and a special measure instrument. You could also use the same laminate as used on the floor and find the right stair nose to go with it. This second option will cost you more time and the job will be less easy, but you can be sure the stairs will match the floor. It is up to you.We’d like to inform you about the steps you have to take to install laminate stairs based on a kit.
- Be prepared: Count and measure the treads to define the amount of laminate you need. Make sure you also have all the equipment ready: a work bench, a circular saw or a good hand saw, a sanding machine, sand paper, a spring rule, a pencil and polythene adhesive. It is most convenient to work right next to the stairway. If you have room, make sure you move out everything you don’t need.Be aware that this job can take you up to two whole days.
Tip: The stairs cannot be used for at least 24 hours once you’ve glued everything. If you have to use the top floor(s), split the job in half. Do only every other tread on day one, so you can still use the stairs. On day 2 you can use the laminate stairs and install the rest.
- Clean the stairs: Remove carpet and make sure the stairs are flat and clean. If there is any overhang, remove it, or fill in the gap. Number every tread.
- Treads: Measure the treads carefully, using the special measure tool. After you’ve cut the tread, check if it fits. Then number the laminate tread. Now you know where you have to glue it. We advise you to do all the cutting first, and then start gluing from top to bottom.
- Risers: Measure the risers once the treads are installed. Cut them and glue them.
- Optional finishing: To finish the corners between risers and treads, you could use a moulding or a special sealant.
Some do it yourself kits work with a system that is different to the steps above. Well known is a system with the stair nose as a single element that you click on the laminate like you do with swift lock flooring. Always follow the instructions on the package to get the best result.