Dressing up the stair string - how does it work?


If a stair renovation is pending, and the existing stairs are doubled, a cladding of the stair string is also essential. You can find out in this article how it works best and what tips and tricks there are for it.

Procedure for stair rehabilitation by doubling

As a rule, when doubling stairs with the steps is started. This requires the following steps:

  • Stabilization of the old step edges (mostly with metal profiles)
  • Cutting the individual steps (very problematic in spiral staircases and gluing
  • Cutting the parts for step heights and gluing

Afterwards, two important areas remain uncovered: the wall-side stair string and possibly also the stair string on the side of the stair eye, if this was not closed.

Procedure for dressing the cheeks

Wall-side cheeks

Particularly problematic is the wall-side cheek. The area to the side of the stairs and the edge of each step must be measured and cut individually. The side panel of the stair string can be cut and assembled only piece by piece.

Especially with coiled stairs, the width of each step in the area of ​​the turn is uneven and requires a particularly careful cutting, as columns remain clearly visible here. Even prefabricated cladding solutions do not make this work easier.

Continue parquet

This is particularly problematic if, instead of disguising, it is decided to continue the parquet on the stairs. Here is already a good eye and a clean working required. In most cases, a continuous parquet strip must be installed at the end.

Visible outside cheeks

When the stairwell is not closed, the outside wall of the staircase is partially or completely visible. The cladding of this part is less problematic. Here are complicated cutouts only in the lower part of the stairs required. The rest can be disguised in large pieces.

If there is a block step at the start, it must be worn separately before dressing the outside wall. Otherwise, a simple section of the first step will suffice if it projects.

Tips & Tricks

If you close an existing stairwell, you not only save the work on the outer panel of the cheek, but also gain valuable space in the house.


Video Board: Staircase stringers, risers, and treads (timelapse)