Can I Put Laminate Flooring on Stairs?

Laminate flooring can be installed on stairs. This is a great way to expand your beautiful floor onto your staircase.

Installing laminate flooring on stairs is definitely one time you won't use it as a floating floor system, so do not use underlayment.

You will need to glue and screw (or nail) the laminate down to the stairs themselves. The glue should be a Liquid Nails® or "construction-type" glue dispensed from a glue gun. To ensure a stronger grip for the adhesive to the back of the laminate flooring plank I recommend "violating" the back of the plank by scratching the surface of the back with either a knife or screwdriver.

In addition to the laminate, you will need either a flush-mount stair nose or an overlap stair nose, depending on your project’s needs. Whichever molding you decide to use, you will still need to use an overlap stair nose on the top step of the staircase. This is so that the laminate that you have installed in your area at the top of your staircase isn’t pinned down, like a flush-mount stair nose will do, and will allow the laminate to float properly.