How to finish stairs with laminate

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How to finish stairs with laminate
Finish stairs with laminate flooring. (Interior Stairs image by Gonçalo Carreira from

Laminate flooring is easy for the average do-it-yourselfer to install, even on stairs. With the right tools, you can cut the laminate flooring planks to the size needed for your stairs and enjoy the same, beautiful laminate flooring you have in the rest of your house. Finish the laminate floor stair installation with stair nose moulding and you will have laminate stairs that look like a professional did the installation.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Foam padding
  • Hammer
  • Finish nails
  • Stair nose moulding

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  1. 1

    Use a tape measure to take dimensions of your stairs. Measure the length and width of the steps, plus the length and width of the pieces you'll cut that run vertically between each step. It's not safe to assume that each step is the same size, so you should measure each step to ensure you make accurate cuts.

  2. 2

    Transfer your measurements to your laminate floor planks. Cut the planks down to size, using a circular saw. Cut as many planks as needed to finish laminate flooring on your staircase.

  3. 3

    Run a layer of thin foam padding from the top of your stairs to the bottom. The foam padding provides some sound insulation so it's less likely your laminate stairs will creak when you walk up and down them.

  4. 4

    Lay your laminate flooring planks on the steps. Secure the planks to the steps by hammering finish nails around the edges. Do the same for the vertical pieces.

  5. 5

    Measure the length of each step from wall to wall. Cut your stair nose moulding to the correct size for each step, using your circular saw. Set the moulding pieces on the step edges so they cover the seams between the vertical and horizontal laminate pieces on the stairs.

  6. 6

    Hammer finish nails through the stair nose moulding to secure it in place.

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