- Home Improvement
Putting Laminate Flooring on Your Stairs How To Cut Your Treads To Fit Tightly
Making the Stair Treads Fit
When people laminate their floors they often get worried when they get to their staircase. I know this is true because I had the same problem. I was able to do the floor so easily but when it came to the stairs I was not sure what to do.
I did what most people do and read everything I could on the internet. I would also look for videos on the subject but could never find a good one that satisfied me that I could do the job. I would see videos of people just placing laminate on the stairs and filling in the gaps with a piece of quarter round on the sides because they couldn't get the stair treads to fit tight enough. I thought to myself that just don't look right.
So I finally decided to see what I could do to fit the treads properly into place. I measured the stair treads and cut the tread but when I tried to fit it into place it never fit right. The problem was that the walls are not strait and therefore my treads wouldn't fit. I didn't know what to do because I have already laminated the whole upstairs and needed to finish my staircase.
I finally decided to look for a tool online for cutting stair treads and risers. I found one that looked really interesting but the price wasn't so interesting. I didn't know what else to do so I bought it anyway. You can see the tool for yourself right here
- Here is the PL200 Stair Wizard
This is the tool that I used to do my stair treads. Although the tool is not cheap it saved me a lot of time and frustration.
Using the Tool is Simple
What this tool will do for you is hold an exact image of the two walls that the tread will go in between. The tool extends between the two walls and you just tighten up a couple of knobs on the tool. After you have tighten the knobs you will have a perfect copy of your tread.Then the tool can be placed against the laminate so you can draw the lines onto the laminate. Make sure you mark lines as close to the edge of the tool as possible so that your cut is accurate.
I hope this information helped someone that is having trouble finishing their stair treads. I know how much of a pain it can be if you don't the right tool to fit the treads. If this helped you please let me know.
Thank you for reading my post!
If you're into woodworking this tool also is great for helping to cut shelves. You can have your shelves fit nice and snug.