How to Make a Stair Case Landing

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Staircase-Landing (Image: http://picasaweb.google.com/NewPaltzCondo/VillageGardensCondoNewPaltzNY/photo#5046006222332884482)

To get the full benefit from all of the possible living areas in a house, homeowners are exchanging attic storage for a second level. Usually, this space is transformed into recreation rooms or bedrooms. One obstacle to face is how to install a staircase to access the new living area. If a house is constructed to be a single level house, it can be difficult to transform the attic space into extra living areas. The main cause of the difficulty is the space needed for a stairway. Fortunately, staircase-landings offer a solution to this problem by allowing the direction of the staircase to change at some point to use the space available wisely.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces of 2 by 6 by 48 inch lumber
  • 3 pieces of 2 by 6 by 45 inch lumber
  • 2 sheets of 4 foot by 4 foot by ¾ inch plywood
  • Variable speed drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • 1½-inch deck screws
  • 3-inch deck screws

Place the three pieces of lumber measuring 2 by 6-by 45 inches between the two pieces that measure 2 by 6 by 48 inches to form a staircase landing frame that is 48 inches square with a 2 by 6 by 45 inch piece in the center. Put the staircase landing frame together with 3-inch deck screws.

Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes for the deck screws through the 2-by-6-inch material where it will be secured to the staircase. Place the landing at the bottom of the staircase. Secure it to the staircase with 3-inch deck screws.

Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes every six inches around the perimeter of the 4 foot by 4 foot by ¾ inch plywood with one row in the center. Next, drill countersink holes in every pilot hole with the 3/8-inch drill bit. Do not drill the countersink holes any deeper than 3/8-inch.

Place one piece of the 4 foot by 4 foot by ¾ inch plywood on the staircase-landing frame and secure it to the 2 by 6 inch material with 1½-inch deck screws. Install a deck screw every six inches around the perimeter and down the center.

Place the other piece of plywood measuring 4 foot by 4 foot by ¾ inches on top of the one from Step 4. Secure it with the 1½-inch deck screws every six inches around the perimeter and down the center of the staircase-landing.

Install the floor covering of your choice on the landing. It may be necessary to fill the countersink holes with spackling compound to create a smooth surface for linoleum or other sheet flooring. Be certain to sand the spackling compound smooth with the surface of the landing.

Tips & Warnings

  • The height of the staircase landing can be adjusted by using something other than 2 by 6 inch lumber.
  • The staircase landing can also be suspended using 4 by 4 inch posts to create a turning point in the staircase.
  • Staircase landings can be made from any type of solid lumber.
  • Do not allow the variable speed drill to strip the threads of the screws as they are tightened down.
  • If the landing is to be suspended, be certain to have help as this could cause injury.
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