How do i fix the open exposed stair landing edge?


So I recently just updated our carpeted stairs to white backing and trim with "hardwood" lvp, stair treads. And I love the look, but the stair landing at bottom, is exposed and I didn't know what to do on exposed sides?

q how do i fix the open exposed stair landing edge
  14 answers
  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on May 20, 2021

    For safety you need a railing. There are many styles to chose from, wood or iron. It is awkward that the door opens so close to the stairs.

  • Grace Gleason Grace Gleason on May 20, 2021

    Where is a photo of the landing edge? If that's an interior door, I would remove it. And yes, you do need some railing.

  • William William on May 20, 2021

    You do need a railing for the three stairs. It also may be code to have one. It is awkward and strange the door opens to the stairs.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 20, 2021

    Just a thought, it looks like the door comes from the outside, I say this because of the lock above the knob. I would take the door off and hinge it so it opens to the other side, that would eliminate some of the congestion at the landing. So when someone comes down the stairs they are not met by an open door.

    Maybe a barn door that locks is a possibility? Or some kind of a sliding door, like a pocket door that locks.

    The other Hometalkers have already covered the railing.

    Nice job on the steps! You can be creative with the risers...

    • Betsy Betsy on May 24, 2021

      If the door were to open the other way, people would have to flatten out against the wall to get around the door or go up the steps in order to get into the house. I don't think that would work. But, good eye on the lock :)

  • Mogie Mogie on May 20, 2021

    To be up to code you must have a railing and be a certain height:

    Residential Stair Codes: EXPLAINED

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 20, 2021

    I'm not seeing the exposed landing edge picture.

    If you can rip down a piece of tread material and can be used as "trim".

    Code also mandates a door can't swing into a stair landing, so changing the swing by re-setting the hinges (wood chisel) is a possibility.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 20, 2021

    You can add some trim for a finished look.

    I am also seeing that you need to change your door and add a railing. You might be "ok" and grandfathered in but if you ever sell it will have to be done at that time.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 21, 2021

    Hello. I would look at the trims at the local big box hardware store or local lumber large. I know our local hometown lumber yard has many trims on a display ring that you can finger through to decide the height and curves that you might need.

  • Maura White Maura White on May 21, 2021

    Browse over here and see what kind of stair railing you like:

  • DebMac DebMac on May 21, 2021

    I would build a casing at the open side to support the new railing. (Solve 2 problems with one solution.)

  • Dee Dee on May 21, 2021

    You definitely need a railing to be up to code. This is for safety reasons. Surplus stores or Habitat for Humanity have some really pretty railings and not expensive. Is that a closet door or your front door? if it is a closet door I would look into putting a pocket door in that space.

  • Maria Terrenoire Maria Terrenoire on May 22, 2021

    I did the same project at my son's place and used a molding with bullnose that covered the exposed edging.

  • Betsy Betsy on May 24, 2021

    Hi Katie: Could you please send a couple of pictures? 1 from the outside with the door open, 1 from the room leading to the landing and from the stairs to the door, and any thing else you can think of that a picture would help us help you. Thanks :)