Anyone have some suggestions for my stairs?

25 Jan 2004
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United Kingdom
I live in a first floor maisonette, my stair case comes straight up into my living room. I was hoping to put down a wooden or laminate floor in my living room at some point in the next few months.

The stairs are wooden treads on a concrete structure and have a wall on each side. The stairs are currently carpeted the same as the living room.

What would I do about the stairs in this situation? I would think that laminate on stairs would be lethal if you come in with wet shoes, yet I don't think that carpeted stairs would really go with the look of the property plus there is the risk of tripping on a threshold strip at the top of the stairs.

So, what is usually done in this situation? Is it safe to use real wood treads with no covering on?
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i've seen laminate used in stairs but it does leave them resembling a shops steps! You loose the roundness of the edge on the treads as they are boxed around
You could varnish/wax and have a runner up the middle to walk on to prevent slipping. (? :rolleyes: ?)

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