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How to Cover the Top Step of Stairs and the Ceramic Tile Floor Edge

You walk up the stairs, stand on the landing and there is this ugly view of cut tile and mortar sticking out from the bathroom floor, waiting for a smart covering to make it look professional. There is a simple solution to covering this transition from tile to wood and it is inexpensive. There is a little measuring involved, a little cutting, a few bangs of a hammer or the hum of a screwdriver and presto--your problem is solved.


  1. Measure the width of the landing and the height of the wood floor to tile floor, using a tape measure.
  2. Cut a threshold the length of the width of the landing, using a hand saw.
  3. Set the threshold snug against the tile floor and pre-drill some pilot holes for the wood screws, using a drill bit a little smaller than the screws you will be using.
  4. Screw the threshold in place with wood screws to get a good grip or simply a hammer and nails.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Hand saw
  • Threshold
  • Wood screws/nails
  • Drill
  • Hammer

Tip

  • Your wooden medium threshold should transition from the wood floor to the top of the tile floor.

About the Author

Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.