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How to Install Gray Laminate Stairs with White Risers

How to Install Gray Laminate Stairs with White Risers

We have been in our house for almost 7 years and we have been wanting to replace the carpet that is on our stairs.  Our cats ruined it the first year of living here, so we have been talking about replacing it since then. We thought about putting new carpet in but decided to go with hard floors so they are easier to clean and last longer.  We recently changed the floors in our master bedroom, I loved them so much that I wanted to put them through out our upstairs, including the stairs.  I love the look of our gray laminate stairs with white risers and I’m sure you will agree that they look a TON better than the nasty beige carpet.

I just wanted to let you know that installing laminate to stairs is easy but very time consuming, because everything has to be cut for each stair individually.  We have 16 stairs, so it was very time consuming but it is totally worth the time and effort!

Here is the before picture, the carpet was so dirty and gross.  I was shocked by how much dirt was under it.  SO GROSS!

The first thing we did of course was rip out that horrible carpet.  There were a LOT of staples in it, so I recommend wearing gloves when you rip it out, we learned that the hard way.  Each stair has the tack strip and padding that needs to be removed too.  I used this trim puller and nail nipper to remove the strip and staples.  If you don’t have these two tools, you NEED them.  They are amazing!

Once all the padding, nails and staples were out, we vacuumed and swept the stairs to make sure that there wasn’t any dirt on them.

Next thing this we did was take off the carpet noses.  The stairs have to be flush to put on the laminate, so you have to remove the lip.  We tried lots of things to do it, but the best things that we found to work was a circular saw, jig saw and chisel.  There was no perfect way to do it, so we did a combination of all three.  The circular saw was great for the middle, but couldn’t go all the way to the edge.  The jigsaw was great for evening it all out and the chisel was great for the edges and trickier parts of the carpet stair nose.

If you don’t want to use a saw, a chisel works just fine.  It is a lot slower but it’s not as messy.  The saws make a lot of saw dust.  When I was taking off the noses, I used the chisel.  When my husband did it, he used the saws.

Once the noses were off, it was time to start working on adding the laminate to the stairs! The first thing we did was put the risers on.  We used a white, 1/4″ thick vinyl 4×8 plywood for the risers.  You can use the laminate on the risers too, it just depends on your preference. Once the riser is cut to size, we used a strong construction adhesive to put it onto the stair. You will want to use a generous amount.

Once it was on, we nailed it to the stairs using 1 1/2″ finishing nails and a nail gun.

Once the riser was in place, we then worked on the stair part.  We used a waterproof laminate called Soft Oak Glazed from Pergo Outlast. The length of the stairs were a little bigger than 8 inches and our planks were 7.48 inches, so instead of always having an inch strip at the back, we cut the laminate to be about 5 inches and 3 inches.  And to make the laminate stairs have a more natural look, we put two pieces of the smaller pieces in the back.  We put them altogether and then added the adhesive to it.  We also scraped off the underlayment that was attached so the laminate would adhere to the wood, not just the padding.

Once it was on and secure, we then nailed the laminate into the stairs.

As you can see, there is a gap in between the laminate stairs and the riser.  This is where the stair nose goes.  There are detailed instructions on the package with the stair noses, it tells you how far of a gap it needs to be.  For the ones that we used, it said to have the gap be around 1 1/4- 1 11/16″.

There is also a shim that goes with it, there is a thick and thin one included with the stair nose.  Since our laminate was 10mm thick, we used the thick shim.  We glued it to the stair nose and then glued the whole thing to the laminate on the stairs and then nailed it into place.

For the bottom stair, we used a 45 degree angle for both the riser and then stair nose.

Once all the laminate stairs were finished, we filled in the nail holes with a gray floor putty.

Here is the stairs with all the gray laminate and white risers, I am loving it already!

Now for the trim.

***We put the trim on after the noses were on, but if I were to do it again, I would put the trim on first before the noses.  That way the you don’t have to cut the notches into the trim.***

For the trim, we used baseboard trim that was 3 1/2″ wide.  For the corners, we cut 45 degree angles. Then for the notches, we used a band saw.  To save on wood, we would have one piece of the trim be for the vertical boards and another piece of the horizontal boards.  If you don’t do that, there are a lot of triangles you will cut that are just a waste.

The cuts weren’t perfect, but that’s what caulk is for.  We nailed them into the wall.

Once the trim was all on, we filled the holes with caulk and wood filler. Once it was dry, we sanded it down to be smooth.

Now that the laminate stairs and white risers are done, it’s time to paint!  We taped it off and painted it all white.  I used a semi-gloss Pro Classic paint from Sherwin Williams.

I primed and then painted the railing and banister with the same semi-gloss paint.  Before painting, I sanded them down really good to take off all of the shine and old finish.

And that’s it!  It took a couple weeks to complete but I absolutely love it!

I love how the gray laminate looks with  the white trim.

We continued the Soft Oak Glazed color through out our loft too.  Here it is at the top of the stairs.

And here it is in our loft area, I love it so much!

We continued the floors downstairs, you can see all the details here.

Make sure you check out my other home improvement projects!

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  • Count the number of stair risers on your stairway. This is the Package Quantity that you need to order.
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If your risers are higher than 7" (the part where the panel would go, not including the tread that hangs over the edge from the step above), contact us and we can create a custom size for you!

Installation Instructions:

  • Cut the panel to the correct width for your stairway.
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  • Peel off the adhesive backing on each panel, apply it to the stair riser starting from the bottom, use the included knife to trim any excess material.

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the first symptom of a cold is usually a sore throat. this is generally followed by sneezing or a blocked, sore or runny nose. usually, 1 in 3 people with a cold will get a cough and feel unwell.

colds are caused by viruses. antibiotics cannot treat viruses. instead, drink plenty of liquids to replace those lost from sweating and runny noses. get lots of rest and eat healthily. do not ask your gp for antibiotics for a cold.

you will usually feel worse during the first 2 to 3 days before gradually starting to improve. your symptoms will usually last about a week.

cold and flu symptoms are similar but flu tends to be more severe.


  • appears gradually
  • affects mainly your nose and throat
  • makes you feel unwell but you're ok to carry on as normal - for example, go to work


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  • appears quickly within a few hours
  • affects more than just your nose and throat
  • makes you feel exhausted and too unwell to carry on as normal

cold symptoms can include:

  • blocked or runny nose
  • sore throat
  • headaches
  • muscle aches
  • coughs
  • sneezing
  • a raised temperature
  • pressure in your ears and face
  • loss of taste and smell

the symptoms are the same in adults and children. sometimes, symptoms last longer in children.

causes of colds

colds are caused by viruses. they can easily spread to other people. you're infectious until all your symptoms have gone. this usually takes about a week.

colds are spread by germs from coughs and sneezes which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

to reduce the risk of spreading a cold you should:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • cough into your elbow to stop germs getting on to your hands and spreading to other people
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible

how to prevent catching a cold

the best ways to avoid catching a cold are:

  • washing your hands with warm water and soap, especially before eating
  • not sharing towels or household items, like cups, with someone who has a cold
  • not touching your eyes or nose. you can infect your body if you've come into contact with the virus.
  • staying fit and healthy
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Grey Elm Stair Riser

The Hardwood Lumber Company manufactures high quality Wood Stair Treads and Stair Risers at affordable prices. You will be very happy with the quality of our Grey Elm Stair Risers. All our Stair Treads and Risers are milled with new, state-of-the-art equipment. Grey Elm Stair Risers are available in standard sizes or can be custom made to your specifications. Stair Treads and Risers are also available in almost any other hardwood species. We offer various texture options on all our Wood Stair Treads and Risers, including hand-scraped, wire brushed, sawcut, and distressed. All our Wood Stair Parts, including Wood Stair Treads and Risers, can be ordered unfinished or prefinished with Tread Coat Varnish, a very durable two-component, commercial grade conversion varnish, specifically made for high traffic areas. We can also stain your Wood Stair Treads and Risers with a standard stain color or apply a custom stain of your choice, using our stain match service. Choose from our standard sizes or contact us for a custom Wood Stair Riser quote. Stair Treads and Risers over 48" long may be slightly oversized with uneven ends.

All Stair Risers are custom made to order. All orders revised or cancelled after going into production, (approximately 2 to 3 days after order is received), will have a restocking fee of up to 50%.

Our Standard Wood Stair Risers are 3/4" thick x 8" tall.

Our Stair Risers are sanded and maintained perfectly on top, while the bottom is left in a potentially rough state, untouched, because when installed it will never be visible. 

Our Standard Stair Treads and Risers are made with a two to three piece glue up.

Because each piece of wood has its own unique character, grain and color will vary from the sample images shown.

If you prefer to have your stair riser sanded smooth and have no texture, be sure to select NONE in the Texture Options.

Wire Brushed Texture works best on wood with an open grain, such as White Oak, Red Oak, and Ash. On other tighter grain wood species, the Wire Brushed Texture will not have the same effect and will not be as visible.

Unfinished Grey Elm Stair Risers ship within three weeks, prefinished Grey Elm Stair Risers have a production time up to four weeks.

                                                                       Note: Lead times may vary based on order volume and seasonal demand.                                                                       Please contact our sales team online or by phone at 1-800-798-1269 for questions regarding current order lead times.



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