What flooring should I install on stairs in a house with all laminate?
January 1, 2014 4:42 PM Subscribe
My traditional, two-story house currently has dark laminate on the first floor, carpeting on the stairs leading to the second floor, and carpet on the second floor (containing a hallway and three bedrooms). I'd like to get rid of the carpet and replace it with something else - likely laminate. How should I handle the stairs?
posted by pitseleh to Home & Garden (4 answers total)
My current plan is to continue the dark laminate in the upstairs hallway, and likely on the stairs, to maintain flow from the first floor. Then the bedrooms would be done in a coordinating lighter color (likely laminate based on cost and durability). But I've heard that laminate is a poor choice for stairs - primarily because it's slippery and hard to install.
Any advice on what to do with the stairs in this situation? Is it possible to install a runner on laminate? Or is it better to install hardwood treads stained to match the laminate as best as possible? Or is there another solution? I figure this must be a fairly common issue.
In terms of priorities, I'm intent on getting rid of the carpet and I want the flooring to flow well throughout the house. I don't want to spend a fortune, but am willing to spend more to get a good outcome. I don't, however, want to rip out the laminate on the first floor to install hardwoods throughout - that'd be nice but beyond my budget.