Stair Building Ideas For Design And Construction

Landing - Staircase Construction And Framing

A landing can be located anywhere throughout a building. They come in the form of raised floors, walkways and can even be attached to a stairway. The most common stair landing is usually located at the bottom or top of the stairway, but it can also be located anywhere else within the stairway. I've built stairs before that had a landing at the bottom, in the middle and at the top.

The stair landing in the picture above is covered with carpet and has a nice looking wood trim working its way around it, in between the skirt boards. The use of colors, makes an excellent transition between the carpeting, wood trim and finished walls.


Is It Hard To Figure Out The Height Of A Landing?

To some people the answer would be," Yes" and others," No." A stairway landing simply takes the place of a stair tread. If I have six stair treads and the seventh stair tread was going to be my stair landing, you could add the total individual stair riser measurements together, to figure out the height of the landing.

For Example: If my individual stair riser measurements are 7 inches each and I have seven risers, all I need to do is multiply the height of the individual stair risers, by the amount of them. Seven stair risers multiplied by 7 inches should provide me with a 49 inch stair landing height.

Stair Framing Tip: Make sure that you deduct your landing sheathing or covering (plywood or oriented strand board) thickness, before building the landing.

For example: If you're going to use 3/4" plywood, you will need to deduct three quarters of an inch from your overall landing height. Your individual risers split the stairway into equal measurements and need to be compensated for when you're laying out your stair stringers and figuring out the over all stair landing height.


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