How To Install Rubber Stair Treads

Rubber Stair Treads Decor

Making your own rubber stair treads is an interesting project that results in a unique accent for your home. When you build your own step, your choice of style, material and surface is not limited to what is in the hardware store. Once you have made steps, it is not difficult to install them in your house. Check and double-check your measurements when building them so that you are not satisfied.


Place the first tread in place. Depending on the type of staircase you have, this may mean pushing in the stringers or putting it on top of the ridge. Stringers are the diagonal pieces of wood that support the stairs. The trunks are the vertical wooden pieces that fill the gaps between the steps. Scanning under the stairs and drawing a pencil line at the bottom of the steps, following the inner edges of the stringers and the ladder. Use a flashlight so you can see what you’re doing. Remove the tread and set it up and down on a workbench.

Position 3/4 pieces of 3/4 inch wood against the bottom surface of the stair treads so that their edges align with the lines you pulled. Screw these pieces of wood onto the tread by drilling a guide hole through the forest and into the tread, then screw in a 1 1/4-inch-long screw. The pilot hole should be 1/32 inch larger in diameter than the screw threads. Only drill until the tip enters the tread, so that the screw will slide through the wood cleat but bite into the wood of the tread, pull two together tightly. Drill a hole for a screw every 6 inches along the wooden button.