Cabinets, Furniture, Woodworks/stair risers


I am remodeling a house with 2 metal spiral stair cases I need some ideas on cheap risers I just want to perk them up doesnt have to be very durable, the stair cases are not used often, I do want the wood look, Thanks for any ideas that will not break the bank

Are you keeping the treads metal or are they wood?  The most economical hardwood is poplar, surfaced to 3/4" thickness, or even soft maple.  Poplar you would want to stain dark.  Soft maple can be used for a lighter color.  The most economical approach would be to buy a 4X8 sheet of 3/4" plywood in red oak or any hardwood, rip to you riser height, cutting each rip in half for two risers.  Usually one sheet of plywood would take care of 12 risers.  


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Joseph G. Swallow


I can answer all staircase balustrade questions where handrails, newels posts, balusters (wood and metal), and stair treads are concerned. I cannot help with cabinetry and floor (outside of stair-related treads and risers), as well as stain and finish issues unless staircase related.


30 years in the stair industry. Founder of Hardwood Creations in Southern California and CEO of Westfire Manufacturing, Inc. I was a stair builder for 10 years, both in custom and production housing. Have estimated over 750,000 single family homes and provided materials to lumber yards and builders for 12 years. Was an expert witness in several staircase related law suits in Southern California. Stair codes, installation help, stair handrail and balustrade installation are what I know best.

NAHB of Portland, OR. Was a member of ICBO for 9 years.

Cal State Fullerton, Cypress College

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