Finishing Basement Stair Recommendations Needed

gle2011September 19, 2012

I live in a 1 year old home in Massachusetts and would like to finish and protect the basement stairs.

The basement is dry and I do run a dehumidifier to control the humidity level at 45%.

The stair treads are clear pine the risers are a painted white (primed wood) and the stringers are also a construction grade 2"x10" pine.

I plan on doing a light sanding to remove any surface dirt on the treads.

My questions is should I paint; stain or carpet the stairs?

I want to be sure the stairs are a low maintenance item.

There is a second refrigerator and storage shelving in the basement, so there is light traffic use on the stairs.


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Annie Deighnaugh

I went with carpeting as to me it always feels warmer and makes the basement feel less "basement" like. Nothing says basement to me like wood stairs....especially if they're pine, covering them shouldn't be an issue....i might feel differently if they were mahogany or some such.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2012 at 9:08PM
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If you don't mind me asking what type of carpet/pad did you use?

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 11:40AM
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If they were my stairs, I would just paint them with porch/floor paint to be sure it is slip resistant.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 2:20PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

No pad on the stairs and we went with a pile nylon carpet. The architect designed the stairs to take the carpet so the steps and the risers flow into the wood trim on the need to wrap the carpet around the steps.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2012 at 5:15PM
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I painted my basement stairs with an exterior porch paint from Sherwin Williams- it is extremely durable and scrubbable.
Then I glued carpet treads to each one with construction adhesive. This gave me the durability and easy to clean properties of paint with the sure-footedness and traction of carpet.
I did the same thing on an outdoor porch stairway and three years of rain and snow later they still look as good as the day I did them. I am actually amazed at how well they are holding up.
I did measure and place each tread very carefully so they would look nice. I am very happy with my results.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 8:54AM
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