Stair steps scuffed or ugly? Doubling helps!

After decades of use, an old wooden staircase looks rather worn, but other materials also suffer over time. Some stairs may still be intact, but it simply has an ugly look. An interesting way to give the stairs a completely new look is to double up, which does not just work on wooden stairs. Hereby the old staircase simply gets new steps.

Exact work is required when doubling

The doubling of the stairs is a nice way to conjure up a "new" eye-catcher from an old staircase. However, careful and precise work is required because each step must be custom made and fitted by hand.

The choice is yours: If you do this work yourself, then you can order special materials for doubling up the steps. Some companies take measurements first and deliver tailored materials. Or let your doubling by the professional make.

A real doubling is done with solid wood or natural stone, creating new, rustic steps. If you also use the appropriate materials laminate, cork or PVC, it is more of a staircase covering.

How does the doubling of the stairs work?

  • Remove any old flooring from the stairs.
  • Roughen the paint coating with coarse sandpaper or with the steel brush.
  • Clean the stairs completely and remove any grease.
  • Measure each step with a special stair template and buy your material using these measurements.
  • Alternatively: Measure each step individually in depth and width, with spiral steps always the longest distance. Order the pre-fabricated material with the help of these dimensions from the specialist supplier.
  • Cut the doubling material for each step exactly.
  • You may also need to double the stair string so that the steps do not protrude above it.
  • Also remember the cutouts for the balusters that you can later cover with cuffs.
  • Apply the adhesive suitable for the material to the surface of the old steps, use a toothed spatula.
  • Place the cut material in the glue and align the new step with the spirit level.
  • The vertical risers can then be glued at points.
  • After the glue has dried, take care of the fine work: Mount profile strips, seal off the joints with colored acrylic and also seal the edges.
  • Finally, clean the stairs completely, then your new "showpiece" is ready.

Old stairs can be really nice, you just have to repair them professionally! Read all about the restoration of antique stairs in the 7th part of our staircase renovation series.

Tips & Tricks

Take advantage of the possibility to double the stair string in the same material, so that everything fits together in your "new old" staircase!

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