How To Install Hardwood Flooring On Stair Landing? [Do It By Yourself]

how to install hardwood flooring on stair landing

Installing hardwood flooring on stairs is always about adding value to a space. But installing hardwood flooring requires caution. Though you can do it by knowing the right procedure, many may think it is difficult. This happens as it requires a bit of knowledge and expertise. But it is absolutely possible to do it perfectly by following the right steps. 

While you may panic a lot thinking of the hassle, knowing the right procedure can make the task simpler for you. If you have the tools and you learn the process, installing hardwood on the stair landing would become easier for you. This is the reason why I am here with this article; to tell you the entire procedure with tips and tricks. 

Being in the hardwood industry for years, I have eventually learned the best techniques of installing hardwood on the stair landing. So here, I will be talking about my experience and knowledge. My request is to stay with me, learn, and take notes to make the installation easier for you. 

6 Simple Steps To Install Hardwood Flooring On Stair Landing:

The installation procedure on the stair landing is a bit lengthy. As you need to trim, shape, and position the planks on the stair landing, the process becomes time-consuming. Especially when you are new at it, you would need some time to learn the techniques and tricks. 

Besides the installation procedure, you would need appropriate tools and equipment to accomplish the task properly. Below is a list of items you would need to install hardwood flooring on the stair landing:

  • Tongue and groove hardwood flooring planks
  • Stair nose strips
  • Table saw
  • Nails
  • Nail gun
  • Wood filler
  • Putty knife

These are a few elements that you would need to install hardwood on the stair landing. Now let’s move to the steps of installation: 

Step 1: Measure And Buy Planks And Stair Nose Strips

Before you start installing, buying adequate planks and nose strips are necessary. To get an idea about how many planks you may need for covering the stairs, you have to use a measuring tape or scale to measure the area. 

Use the tape to measure the length and width of the stair landing. Now when you are going to buy the planks, give the measurements to the seller and tell the number of stair steps the staircase has. According to that, the seller would provide you with enough tongue and groove hardwood planks. 

Along with the hardwood planks, you would also need to buy some stair nose strips. The length measurement of the stairs would help you determine the length of stair nose strips you would need. The stair nose strips are needed to cover the seams of the stairs that stick out of the stair landing. 

Done buying the planks and stair nose strips? Let’s move to the next step then. 

Step 2: Measure, Trim, And Install The Stair Nose Strips

The first task is to trim and shape the stair nose strips and then install them across the outer seam of each stair landing. 

To do so, measure the length of the stair landing, transfer the measurement to the stair nose strip, and use a table saw to cut the strip into pieces. Now position the stair nose strips at the edge so that the lip touches the seam of the stair landing platform.

After you place the stair nose strips, use a nail gun to fix the strips across the seams of the stair landings. Place the nails at an angle to fix it well to the stairs. In this way, place the stair nose strips across the seams of all the stairs. 

Step 3: Install Hardwood In The First Landing Platform- The First Line

Now that the stair nose strips are in place, you need to install the hardwood flooring on the stairs. Let’s start with the very first step of the staircase. 

First, you would need to measure the length and width of the stair landing platform once again. Transfer the measurement to the tongue and groove hardwood flooring and cut them into pieces using a table saw to fit the stair landing area. 

Next, adjust the tongue of the hardwood plank with the groove of the nosing strips. As they get attached, the plank is now firmly on the stair landing platform. To make the fitting better, use a rubber mallet to gently hit the plank into the stair nose strip groove. In the end, nail the plank and strip it together across the outer edge of the stair landing.

Step 4: Install Hardwood Plank To The First Landing Platform- The Second Line

As you move to the second line of hardwood, you would like to mismatch the length of planks.

For instance, if you have installed one long plank and then a short plank in the first row, do the opposite in the second row. This enhances the beauty of the stair flooring. 

So now, cut the pieces of hardwood planks to install in the second row of flooring on the stair landing. Mix and match the length of the boards and install them by nailing the boards on the stair landing platform.

Step 5: Install Hardwood Plank To The First Landing Platform- The Last Row

Just the way you have installed the previous rows of hardwood flooring, do the same for the last row of the stair landing flooring.

Measure the length and width of the remaining portion of the stair landing. According to the measurement, cut and trim a hardwood plank. After you shape the hardwood plank, place it gently across the empty portion that meets the riser.

After you place the last row of planks, fix them gently into the groove of the adjacent plank. Use the rubber mallet to make the fitting better. As the fitting becomes good, nail the plank to the stair land flooring. 

Step 6: Repeat And Complete the Installation

As you install the first landing of the staircase, do the same for the other landing areas in the staircase. Take measurements for each row to fit the planks accurately on the stair landing. Therefore, repeat the procedure for all the other stair landings in the staircase. 

Step 7: Finish With Wood Filler:

If you see the nailed areas are too visible that it is ruining the beauty of the flooring, you can fix the issue with wood filler. Also, if the lower portion of the stair nose strip has any gap, you can fix it with the wood filler. 

Use a color of wood putty that matches the tone of the hardwood flooring. Use a putty knife to apply the filler to the desired areas. Let it dry well and then you can sand the area to make the portion flat and smooth. If required, you can polish and stain the flooring too. 

However, even if you don’t stain or polish, make sure to wipe off the stair flooring. Also, apply sealant on the stair hardwood flooring. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Hardwood Flooring On Stair Landing:

What Type Of Wood Is Best For Stair Landing?

While you can install any hardwood flooring that is moisture and impact resistant, you should still be very selective. Starting from the hardwood grade to the durability, all should be scrutinized while choosing the wood for stair landing. 

Usually, pine is the best wood for a stair landing platform. It is the best value hardwood for stairs as it is extremely durable as well as beautiful. Pinewood is also a popular choice for its affordability.

Besides pine, you may also choose hickory or oak for stair landing flooring. These are some durable options too.

What Is The Minimum Size Of Stair Landing?

The size of the stair landing may differ. Some can be large while others are small. But there is a minimum measurement of the stair landing area. 

Ideally, any stair landing platform should be at least 36 inches. The calculation is basically that the door can get sufficient area to move over the stair landing and also leave a small space ahead. To make the door have enough space when open, the minimum stair landing area is denoted.

Across the direction of travel, at least 36 inches of space should be there for the door to have enough space.

How Thick Should Stair Treads Be?

If you are using stair treads to cover the edges of the stair landing platform, you should know the thickness of the tread as well. 

Generally, a tread of 1 1/16 inches is preferred for installing across the edge of a stair landing. This is the ideal thickness for almost any area of the stair landing platform. In fact, most stores would sell treads of this thickness only. 

Therefore, choose this thickness of tread as this is the ideal one.

How To Finish A Stair Landing?

If you want a fine finish in the stair landing, using a stair nose strip or landing tread is the best way out.

Installing one of these materials would provide a smooth and beautiful edge across the stair landing. As the stair landing edge becomes smooth, you can install the planks next to the stair nose strip or landing tread. Use the tongue and groove lock to fix the planks with the tread or strip, whichever you prefer. 

Besides, any gaps can be covered by the wood filler and a putty knife. With that, you can get a fine and smooth finish and edge on the stair landing.

Is It Better To Have Carpet Or Hardwood On Stair Landing?

If you are choosing between hardwood and carpet thinking of the safety measures, you have to go for carpet flooring. As carpets are not slippery and hardwood floors can be slippery, carpet is a safer option.

However, in terms of aesthetic value, hardwood is a better option. Another big advantage of using hardwood flooring on stair landings is that it is easy to clean and maintain. 

Note that thick carpets can make the situation worse. So even if you choose carpet, choose cautiously.

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Installing hardwood flooring on stair landings is not rocket science. You can crack the puzzle with the right set of tools and knowledge. And by now, you have learned how you can install hardwood flooring in stair landings. Therefore, I believe it would be easier for you now. 

Hence, accumulate the tools and materials and beautify the stair landing platform with hardwood flooring.

Jahidul Alam

Hello dear! This is Jahidul Alam. I am the admin of this Tidy Floor. I have been in the floor cleaning business for the last 20 years. My business is all about ensuring affordable flooring cleaning services for Americans.

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