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Meauxjeaux
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Replacing carpeted stairs with wood treads/risers - experiences?

There are pre-made treads and risers... some say "retro" like they are made for stairs with carpet previously.

Once pulling up the carpet, there should be a subfloor - I'm guessing "retro" is just thinner and maybe a little less expensive?


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I'm guessing "retro" is just thinner and maybe a little less expensive?


I would assume you're correct, just a veneer to go over the existing plywood that makes up the treads and risers. I don't see an issue with that route as long as you figure out how to transition the last riser with the 2nd floor nosing.


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Replacing carpeted stairs with wood treads/risers - experiences?


depends how the house was made

if they had wood steps that were later covered with carpet, then you just remove carpet and refinish the steps.

if the steps were covered with carpet when built, then its most likely raw wood under it that needs to be redone with proper wood


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Lowes sells white oak treads i believe. Or Home Depot. Check the stock online at your store. If nothing, Dash lumber in the east sells them.

If you are carpeted now, You probably just have 2x material down. You can just pull those up and replace with the oak treads. Firstly you will have to address the skirt board, this will run on with side of the treads, from landing to floor. A little tricky with you can pop a chalk line and use a 1x12, might have to YouTube it if you haven’t done it before. You will also have to put a riser, just use a 1X factory coated primed #1 pine.

Good luck. Easy peasy.


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If you are carpeted now, You probably just have 2x material down.
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Home Depot sells white oak treads

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PaBon

This guy knows what's up.


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Thanks bro, pays the bills!!


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Thanks bro, pays the bills!!


I'd also suggest while everything is demo'd to add storage, built in's, etc, underneath the stairs if not already there.


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Agreed. While you are making a mess, capitalize on wasted space. Good call.


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I did it a few years ago. I replied to this post with some info


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if they had wood steps that were later covered with carpet, then you just remove carpet and refinish the steps.


My husband did this at our house. He sanded and stained the steps after he pulled the carpet up. It works in our house because our house is older with beadbord walls along the stairway, etc. If it's a newer house, the steps would look out of place and I would want something newer.


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Meauxjeaux
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Lol, I'm finally getting to it and forgot about that one.

It's been carpet since built new.

Straight staircase that you see as soon as you walk in the front door. First 7 steps have a bannister so we'll need end-capped treads there and the next 8 are closed.



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Good luck. Easy peasy.




Good luck is right but certainly not easy the average DIYer. There are LVL systems with stair tread options, bar far easier to do compared to oak stair treads and 1x risers. I tackle this kind of work with a track saw, tread gauges, and some good layout tools.


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Meauxjeaux
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The more I look at it. the more I'm thinking of just hiring this out. Any recommendations on the Mandeville/Covington area?


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You can easily do this


Meauxjeaux
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It doesn’t seem too tough, but I’ve got so many competing projects for my time right now.



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All good suggestions here. I would add that if the carpeted stairs are newer and not over existing wood treads, you will likely have a riser variance on the top and bottom treads as they will not be the same height. You may have to do some cutting/shimming to avoid tripping hazards.


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