How To Change Stairs From Carpet To Wood

stairsbannerHow To Change Stairs From Carpet to Wood

Carpet is becoming less and less common these days, and more and more homes are choosing to replace it with hardwood, laminate, ceramic, and other types of flooring. The softer material can still be found, though, in most bedrooms and on stairs. Considering that beautiful hardwood adds increased value, looks a lot better, and is more durable, we find ourselves saying out with the old and in with the new! Read on to learn how to change stairs from carpet to wood.

Materials That You Will Need:

  • Pry Bar
  • Vacuum (Or Shop Vacuum)
  • Mop
  • Rags
  • Utility Knife
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Circular Saw
  • Chisel
  • Hardwood Planks
  • Cardboard
  • Bull Nose Molding
  • Polyurethane Construction Adhesive
  • Nail Gun
  • Nails

carpetstairs1. Prepare To Rip Off The Old Carpet

  • With the help of a pry bar, or just using your hands, lift the carpet free from the stair. You’ll also need to remove the padding, nails, tack strips, and staples.
  • Clean the stairs afterwards by vacuuming and wiping them clean.
  • If you find hardwood underneath, you’ve struck gold! If not, that gold is actually quite easy to buy.
  • Remove balusters if your stairs are open.

2. Measure, Mark & Cut

  • With a tape measure, measure the tread that hangs over the riser.
  • Using a pencil mark out where the depth of the top of the tread is.
  • Remove nosing with a circular saw.
  • Chisel any corners that the circular saw can’t reach.
  • Now, keeping it very level, screw the tread into the riser.

woodstairs3. Install Hardwood Planks

  • Now you’ll need to cover the stairs with hardwood.
  • Using cardboard try to make a template of every tread and riser. You can use your utility knife for this. Number them all and then cut the hardwood plank to that measurement.
  • With bull nose molding, you’ll need to cover the tread on the front part.
  • Then cut the stair cover molding to the width of every riser.
  • Now you can put the hardwood onto the first riser just above the first step. Use a polyurethane adhesive to attach the hardwood planks.
  • Make sure the cut tread fits and is level. You may need to use shims to fill in any gaps. Glue the shims into the tread base and add 4-6 beads of adhesive to both the bottom and the base of the new tread.
  • On every piece of bull nose molding use a bead of glue and place it at the front of every tread. Nail secure.
  • With finishing nails, attach the stair molding where every riser meets at a tread to get rid of gaps.

woodenstairs4. Fill & Finish

  • Fill holes using stain or paint and coat with 5 or more coats of polyurethane to keep the treads durable.
  • Lastly, replace the balusters if you took them out.

Knowing how to change stairs from carpet to wood is useful for anyone looking to do renovations in their home. As far as dramatically updating the look of your house this is the perfect project to undertake. Carpet is passé and you can’t beat the undeniable class of a nice hardwood floor. If you would like help with this project, whether it be painting or staining your hardwood floors or even installing them, give HPT a call! Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or send us an email at

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