Discussion in 'General Home Improvement Discussion' started by tammykimtony, Apr 20, 2008.
I bought an older home which has very narrow steps on staircase, how can I make them wider?
Do you mean a or b, can you take a picture and post it. There are things we need to know but we will start with this.
I'm thinking you don't have enough room to put your foot on the tread (front to back). To make that wider or bigger you will need to make a new staricase altogether.
Stairs have a riser and a tread, refered to as rise and run. To make the tread larger the stairs have to stick out in the room further. For instance, if you want a 1' wide tread and there are 12 steps, the stairs would have to have 12' of floor space from a plumb line from the terminus at the top to the bottom tread.
It is a major rework and seldom worth the trouble, expense and sometimes there is just not enough space left for it.
I meant to ask you if you have a nose or if there are just flush (see pic below).If there flush you can add 1-1/2" nose to them which does not sound like alot but it does make a difference, I did this for a client a few months back and she was very happy with the little extra I gave here.
Nice job Daryl. It does give additional space on the tread but, in some cases, it also presents a trip hazard with the 1 1/2" projection.
Very good point glenn, I walked up and down them several times and was not a problem I think mainly because they still were not the depth of a standard tread size. I staerted with 8-1/2" and ended up with 10" but still good point
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