How to Cover Basement Stairs With Wood

Save

Covering basement stairs with wood can be done soon after a staircase has been built or if the stairs need to be recovered. New wood can be installed to add decorative detail or as a covering if carpet is not going to be installed on the staircase. In order to cover your basement stairs with wood you will need to first measure the stairs before cutting and installing the new wood covering.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Table Saw
  • Construction glue
  • Finishing nails
  • Nail gun or hammer
  • Wood planks
  • Wood filler
  • Measure each step to determine the dimensions that will be needed for the new wood covering. Use a tape measure to first find the width and depth of each tread.

  • Measure the dimension that will be needed for the new riser coverings. Use the tape measure to find the width and height for each step riser. The riser is the back cover for each step.

  • Cut individual planks of wood for each tread and riser for each step using a table saw. Use the tape measure to transfer the measurements to each plank and mark them with a pencil before cutting.

  • Clean the steps before installing the wood treads and risers to remove any dirt. You can use a broom or a vacuum to clean off the steps.

  • Dry fit each tread and riser to make sure they fit correctly before attaching them to the staircase.

  • Apply wood glue to the back of the first tread and insert it in place. Use finishing nails and a nail gun or hammer to secure the wood to the stair.

  • Apply wood glue to the back of the first riser and then insert it in place. Use finishing nails to secure the riser to the step.

  • Add each tread and riser until each piece has been installed and secured to the staircase.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dry fitting each piece will allow you to make any corrections that are necessary if a tread or riser does not fit correctly.Wood filler can be purchased in sticks to cover up finishing nails. Wood planks can come already finished or may require applying polyurethane.
  • Construction glue that is not applied evenly will need to be spread out before installing the piece of wood. Incorrect measurements may require cutting a new tread or riser.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Cure Slippery Hardwood Stairs

    Hardwood stairs can look elegant and classy in a home or other building. Without carpeting, however, their steps can be slick. The...

  • How to Install Stairs to a Basement

    Installing basement stairs may not top your list of home remodeling priorities. But a brand new set of basement stairs can improve...

  • How to Cover Concrete Steps With Wood

    Concrete steps may serve their purpose, but they are not the most attractive looking steps. You can spice up their appearance by...

  • How to Cover Stairs with Hardwood

    Staircases are the stages for grand entrances made by beautiful brides and excited girls dressed for their first proms, as well as...

  • How to Build Wooden Steps Over Brick

    Rebuilding brick steps is time-consuming and difficult. Not every do-it-yourself homeowner will want to tackle the task. Creating a set of wooden...

  • Basement Stair Coverings

    Installing the proper type of covering on your basement stairs creates a safe walking surface to prevent slips. The material you select...

  • Alternatives to Carpet on the Stairs

    Carpet is a popular covering for stair treads because it is skid resistant and soft underfoot. Especially if you have children, carpeting...

  • The Best Flooring for Covering Stairs in a Home

    Choosing the best flooring for covering stairs in your home should be easy. Once you’ve selected the flooring for your entryway, use...

  • Floor Covering Ideas for Stairs

    When updating the interior of your home, begin with areas that are readily seen. Paint walls, rearrange furniture, update fixtures or replace...

  • Basement Stair Ideas

    Now that you've finally decided to tackle the basement, it's time to finish those roughed-in basement stairs or replace them with something...

  • Ideas for Over Basement Steps to Keep Rain Out

    Exposed basement stairs form a gravity-driven access that allows the rain to pool at the bottom. With nowhere else to go, the...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!