Floating stairs?

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They are covered in green shag carpet 197? Would like to redo them . Open staircase so need to wrap the wood all around

one can see under and above stair


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  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jul 27, 2020

    Definitely remove the carpet. Without a photo it is difficult to make suggestions. However if the wood is nice, you can clean it up and protect it on the top side with poly. IIt could also be painted an accent color using a porch and deck paint.

  • Annie Annie on Jul 27, 2020

    What is under the carpet? Maybe the stair treads are made of beautiful wood and someone covered it in the shag?

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jul 27, 2020

    Sorry, now I read this second query.


    When you pull the carpet off you’ll find you either have pine or oak treads.


    If you have oak treads you have won the lottery and it will be worth the tedium of filling the holes, sanding and polyurethaning them.


    If they are pine, they’re not going to wear well as pine is soft and the front edges of the treads will constantly get beat up.

    Painting with a porch paint will allow you to fill and re-paint the gouged areas, as they wear, over time.


    There are oak “tread wraps” starting at about $24 each. They’re pretty thick and will change the “rise” in your stair.


    There are also LVT tread wraps, of which IDK how much they cost.


    Through-bodied Porcelain tiles can be ordered with a matching stair nosing.

    I would not use a glazed clay-bodied tile, as they show chips and wear.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Jul 27, 2020

    Hi, could you remove the carpet and staples and paint the wood? A beautifully painted staircase always looks so nice. If you can provide a picture we can help with further suggestions.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 27, 2020

    Hi Casasharer: Remove the old carpet and cut the new carpeting to size. If possible, check to see where the old carpet is attached to the step as a guide. You can either staple or tack the new carpet to the stairs, snugging the edges up tightly. Depending on the look you want, you can attach the edges at the back or bottom of the steps. Make sure you put enough nails or staples in the carpet to avoid it coming apart and causing a slipping hazard. Good luck

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 27, 2020

    There is probably rug on them because they were slippery with just the steps

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jul 29, 2020

    here is detailed instructions https://www.pinterest.com/pin/360780620122374702/

  • Unexpected Elegance Unexpected Elegance on Jul 31, 2020

    Have you considered just taking the carpet off, repairing the wood and painting?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 01, 2020

    Hello Casasharer,

    Fix something like M.D.F or Hardboard or Plywood to the the back of the treads in one or two pieces. Do the same on the sides, up to the ceiling and down to the ground. It would be better to make a framework to attach these sheets of timber. ( Rather like making a dry wall) Then you can insulate between the timber frame. Best wishes, Hope that helps a bit

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Aug 03, 2020



    Trying to understand your question. Are you you just wanting to remove the carpet, like in this project from Hometalk:


    https://www.hometalk.com/4417758/staircase-carpet-to-wood-reveal


    Here are more Q and A from another homeowner with floating stairs:


    https://www.hometalk.com/40131495/q-how-to-refinish-floating-wood-stairs


    Or Are you asking how to get rid of the floating stair look and create standard stairs?

    How to refinish floating wood stairs?

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