Need ideas to re-do my steps


I would like to replace the carpet on my 13 stairs with laminate (to match my flooring), since wood is too expensive. Has anyone tried that? Is it durable?


  4 answers
  • William William on Jul 15, 2018

    I did that with my basement stairs. Were covered with some old cheap glued down vinyl tiles with aluminum bullnose edge. Removed the aluminum, washed the vinyl, and glued then laminate flooring right over it. Looks great and has held up. Steps are like floors. They just go up.

    • Cherade Cherade on Jul 28, 2018
      Sorry for the delay thanking you. I have decided to do this. Thanks again.

  • Barbara Barbara on Jul 15, 2018

    Yes, I have had the carpet removed from my staircase, and had laminate installed. It's been 2 years now, and they have held up to 3 dogs, 3 adults, 1 child and lots of cleaning (dogs shed!). Go ahead and do it! So much nicer than carpet. I am planning to put faux tiles on the risers next.

    • Cherade Cherade on Jul 15, 2018

      Feel comfortable doing this now that I know a few people are happy with their switch. Thank you Barbara.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 15, 2018

    Begin by pulling the carpet and padding up. Then remove all of the nails and staples. If there is tack strips involved, take them up too. Vacuum and clean the stairs well. Then attach the laminate like you did on the floors. Use bull nose trim on the front of each stair. Don't forget to buy 10% more of required materials to allow for mistakes. Best of luck to you.

  • Cherade Cherade on Jul 28, 2018
    Thank you for your response and suggestions.