Stairs DIY How To Projects

This page includes links to all of our Stairs DIY how to projects. Browse through the below list and click on your chosen link to view the project information.

Available DIY How To Projects

In this section we give you some of the information required to either build stairs, paint stairs, carpet stairs and even how to stop stairs creaking when you walk up them. Our forum has advice on how to put laminate flooring on stairs, information on which filler to use on stairs, and the building regulations regarding staircases coming down from a loft conversion.

Balusters hold the stair hand rail - the balusters and handrail are called the balustrade

Balusters hold the stair hand rail - the balusters and handrail are called the balustrade

We talk about the different parts of a staircase including the walls string, the stair string, glue blocks, stair wedges, closed string, open string, balusters, newel posts, newel cap, handrail, balustrade, stair nosing, risers and treads, support carriage and tread support brackets. We have diagrams on how stairs are put together and information on the timber joints used to make them up.

Interestingly the word balustrade is often misunderstood. It is a French word coming from a description of a pomegranate seed as it opens and describes a row of balusters capped by a rail (handrail in the case of stairs) but most often seen, at the time on top of parapet walls where the balusters (uprights) were rounded at the bottom and went smoothly up to meet the stone capping. This design of baluster is still used today as can be seen from the image.

When buying staircases or having them made advice can be sought from the British Woodworking Federation

Throughout history staircases have been made grand. Marble staircases leading to elaborate quarters of royalty. Concrete staircases going on for miles in blocks of high-rise flats. Stone staircases in the Tower of London and even the enormous staircase called Jacobs Ladder at Cheddar Gorge in Somerset

In our decorating section we show you how to decorate a hall, stairs and landing and how to tackle this safely with a standard DIY scaffold in the stairwell to allow you to get to the top of the stair bulkhead ceiling. We deal with toilets and cupboards under the stairs and how to make the most of the storage room available.