Building a staircase landing
Staircase landings can serve as a decorative element or as a corrector for half measures. Whatever the reason, landings are great for enhancing the look of your staircase. Here’s how you can make one yourself:
- First of all you will need to design the stairway without the landing.
- Then decide where you want the landing to be placed. Landings are usually placed in places where the staircase needs to change direction or at the bottom of the staircase.
- Form the sub-floor for the landing by using the tread’s height. The location of the tread influences the location of the landing.
- The minimum measurements for a landing are 3 by 3 feet. The length should be increased by 12 inches if you plan on attaching the landing to the next group of stairs with the stringer.
- Use 2 by 4 floor joists and plywood to frame the landing. You can use stairs to form the landing or place boards to match the wood.
- To create a uniform look, most builders allow at least 3 steps before and after the landing.