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How to Make a Stair Case Landing

To get the full benefit from all of the possible living areas in a house, homeowners are exchanging attic storage for a second level. Usually, this space is transformed into recreation rooms or bedrooms. One obstacle to face is how to install a staircase to access the new living area.

Staircase-Landing

Things You Will Need

  • 2 pieces of 2 by 6 by 48 inch lumber
  • 3 pieces of 2 by 6 by 45 inch lumber
  • 2 sheets of 4 foot by 4 foot by ¾ inch plywood
  • Variable speed drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • 1½-inch deck screws
  • 3-inch deck screws

To get the full benefit from all of the possible living areas in a house, homeowners are exchanging attic storage for a second level.  Usually, this space is transformed into recreation rooms or bedrooms.

One obstacle to face is how to install a staircase to access the new living area.  If a house is constructed to be a single level house, it can be difficult to transform the attic space into extra living areas.

The main cause of the difficulty is the space needed for a stairway.  Fortunately, staircase-landings offer a solution to this problem by allowing the direction of the staircase to change at some point to use the space available wisely.

  1. Place the three pieces of lumber measuring 2 by 6-by 45 inches between the two pieces that measure 2 by 6 by 48 inches to form a staircase landing frame that is 48 inches square with a 2 by 6 by 45 inch piece in the center. Put the staircase landing frame together with 3-inch deck screws.
  2. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes for the deck screws through the 2-by-6-inch material where it will be secured to the staircase. Place the landing at the bottom of the staircase. Secure it to the staircase with 3-inch deck screws.
  3. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes every six inches around the perimeter of the 4 foot by 4 foot by ¾ inch plywood with one row in the center. Next, drill countersink holes in every pilot hole with the 3/8-inch drill bit. Do not drill the countersink holes any deeper than 3/8-inch.
  4. Place one piece of the 4 foot by 4 foot by ¾ inch plywood on the staircase-landing frame and secure it to the 2 by 6 inch material with 1½-inch deck screws. Install a deck screw every six inches around the perimeter and down the center.
  5. Place the other piece of plywood measuring 4 foot by 4 foot by ¾ inches on top of the one from Step 4. Secure it with the 1½-inch deck screws every six inches around the perimeter and down the center of the staircase-landing.
  6. Install the floor covering of your choice on the landing. It may be necessary to fill the countersink holes with spackling compound to create a smooth surface for linoleum or other sheet flooring. Be certain to sand the spackling compound smooth with the surface of the landing.
  7. Tip

    The height of the staircase landing can be adjusted by using something other than 2 by 6 inch lumber. The staircase landing can also be suspended using 4 by 4 inch posts to create a turning point in the staircase. Staircase landings can be made from any type of solid lumber.

    Warning

    Do not allow the variable speed drill to strip the threads of the screws as they are tightened down. If the landing is to be suspended, be certain to have help as this could cause injury.

Things You Will Need

  • 2 pieces of 2 by 6 by 48 inch lumber
  • 3 pieces of 2 by 6 by 45 inch lumber
  • 2 sheets of 4 foot by 4 foot by ¾ inch plywood
  • Variable speed drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • 1½-inch deck screws
  • 3-inch deck screws

Tips

  • The height of the staircase landing can be adjusted by using something other than 2 by 6 inch lumber.
  • The staircase landing can also be suspended using 4 by 4 inch posts to create a turning point in the staircase.
  • Staircase landings can be made from any type of solid lumber.

Warnings

  • Do not allow the variable speed drill to strip the threads of the screws as they are tightened down.
  • If the landing is to be suspended, be certain to have help as this could cause injury.

About the Author

Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. He authored “What a Strange Little Man,” among other books, and his work has appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.

Photo Credits

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