Laminate over old wood - stairs challenge

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dannomite

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Hi all, hopefully I can describe my scenario well enough to get some advice from the experts.

So I have an older house that had wood floors under carpet. I know a lot of people say just refinish old wood instead of putting laminate over top but there are a few reasons I decided to put laminate (mainly my German Shepherd). Anyways, the old floor is flat so there was not issue with that part.

I have a sidesplit house, so I have a large living room, with stairs up to a hallway that goes into 3 bedrooms. I have laid the laminate in the living room with no issue but I am stumped now with how to handle the stairs. I know a lot of articles recommend you just put laminate over the stairs, and use stair nosing. The problem I have, is my stairs are currently in really good shape (oak) so I sanded them and planned to stain to match the laminate. But because I am laying laminate at the top of the stairs, I am now thinking this might look weird. For one, the laminate plus the underpad is about a 1/2 inch, plus a little more rise from the stair nose when I get it. So that might make my top stair rise about 3/4 inch more than the rest of the stairs do. So I am afraid this might be awkward, and might look a bit funny to have the nosing on 1 stair only.

So then I went back to the idea of laminating all the stairs so this would look consistent. The problem with my existing stairs is they have a 2inch overhang. From what I understand 1 inch is the norm for an overhang. The 2 inch overhang makes the entire tread 11 inches which is the standard I think. So the problem here is I can't cut the 2 inch overhang off to make room for laminate treads and risers because the new nosing won't make up those 2 inches... so im stuck scratching my head on how to handle these stairs, without having to rip anything out.

Any ideas?
 

dannomite

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Thanks for the replies, so do you think it would look odd if the top step had a laminate nosing and the rest didnt? Also the top step being 1/2 - 3/4 " higher than the rest?
 
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