And, something for the woodworker:
All your links are to the same photo.
I've had the drawer in the stair idea years ago since we don't have a
mudroom or any place to put the shoes when we enter. Then I saw that
pictures a year or so ago and kept it to model when I do the basement
What supports the tread?
Isn't the riser supposed to add support to the front of the tread
where most of the weight lands?
Aren't we supposed to re-nail the tread to the riser or use a shim
between the tread and riser if the tread gets loose?
Seems to me that a "floating tread" looks good in pictures but
wouldn't last very long in real life.
I think if the work quality was good the floating tread would be
supported by the drawer face when it was closed. You would need good
wood. I could see it working. You are basically talking furniture
grade work for the stairs but they are really furniture in this case.
I'd be concerned that if the gap was so small as to prevent the tread
from flexing, any swelling of the wood or settling of the house would
cause the drawer to stick.
I guess if extremely stable wood was used, that wouldn't happen, but
then as you implied, things could get pretty expensive - especially if
you want every tread to match.
also it looks like a fairly narrow staircase. Maybe only 30" or so. If
the treads are good quality hardwood, they probably don't flex much.
And the drawer front could serve as support as mentioned before even if
there were a little gap there.
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Okay, now I bothered to look at the picture- obviously no center
stringer. I would only trust a setup up like that with a thick hardwood
tread, and maybe a metal reinforcement under the back edge. And yes, if
the house settles, those drawers will stick. All in all, seems like a
bunch of fussy expensive work when easier cheaper solutions are
possible. The guy who designed that probably owned a sailboat- they put
storage cubbies in every cubic inch they can, onboard those.
A tread is a beam. A joist is a beam. There's no automatic
requirement that a beam needs more than two supports. If you stop to
think about it, the price of such storage is high enough where bumping
the treads up from 5/4 to something thicker isn't going to be the
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