Well, we've fitted the wooden floring, as per one of my previous posts.
Thanks for all the advice !
Now we want to install a new staircase.
I'd appreciate comments on the following:
1. I think the easiest way to go is to buy a ready made-to-measure staircase
and install it. How difficult is it to install ?
2. If I made a staircase, how difficult is it to make?
"ready made to measure" seem to be the best of both worlds ;-)
Much depends on how "difficult" your stairs are. It it is a standard
height, angle and a striaght run then a ready made kit may be the
quickest and easiest.
Chances are however there is usually enough variation from "standard" to
make having one made to measure, or making your own will be necessary to
get the right fit.
What sort of flight are we talking about? (i.e. rise, going, width,
winders, half landings etc)
If you take your time and plan carefully they are not that difficult to
I quite enjoyed doing mine:
You will need a decent 1/2" router, a jigsaw and a few basic tools.
We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
drugs began to take hold. I remember "Adrian Rees MW1LCR"
Easy enough if it's a straight run. Couple of gotchas, but measure
I made a set a couple of years ago, using Douglas fir for the sides and
treads, the treads simply screwed and glued to 2x2 battens screwed and
glued to the sides.
Probably the simplest design would be a pair of 2x6s to support the
whole thing, 1.5x7 or something similar for the treads, and triangles
of 2x6 to enable toe treads to sit on the angled 2x6s. Redundancy with
fixings is essential for safety. You can add any thin wood to make it
closed instead of open.
You can get one made or buy something ready made that might just fit.
If you can get one that is ready made and fits OK but getting someone
to make a one off could work out rather expensive.
You might be better off making an open stair case with inch thick
timber for the treads and at least inch and a quarter for the side
pieces or strings. If you can cut housings for the treads well and good
but you can get away with using supports as another poster has
Your measurements need to be spot on as any differences in the spacings
will cause users to trip.
We have a good supplier in Oldham - decent quality and good prices.
I've had both simple straight flights and winders made to measure by
them. Installation is pretty straightforward.
If you'd like contact details email me.
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