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How to Install Vinyl Plank Flooring On Stairs?

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2021-07-12      Origin: Site


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Thinking about updating your staircase with new luxury vinyl flooring, but you’re not sure if you can install it yourself? Good news! This guide will show you how to install vinyl plank flooring on stairs in just six steps.


Though it can seem intimidating at first, it’s actually not that difficult to install flooring on stairs. And we’re here to make it even easier. Learn what tools and materials you’ll need, and follow step-by-step instructions to complete your next DIY project.


Tools and Materials

To ensure your vinyl plank flooring installation is a success, you need to start with the right tools and materials for the job. Here’s what you will need!



Caulk gun


Fine-tooth blade

Tape measure

Carpenter square

Drill or nail gun


Construction adhesive

Screws or nails

Vinyl plank flooring

Stair nosing



Before you install vinyl planks, you need to prepare the stairs. Keep these tips in mind as you get everything ready for installation.


You’ll need to let your vinyl planks acclimate to your space for up to 48 hours, so you’ll have plenty of time for preparation.


Remove any existing molding or trim around the stairs

You need to make sure there is room for the stair nose (the top edge trim of the stair). To do this, remove stair overhangs using a jigsaw, and cut back the baseboard.

Ensure the stairs and any landings are level, without any bumps. You can level out cracks or bumps (like exposed screws) by using caulking

Sweep or vacuum up any dirt or dust


Now, it’s finally time for the main event – installing the vinyl planks on your stairs! We’ve got step-by-step instructions to walk you through the whole process. As you install, you should start from the bottom of the staircase and work your way up.

A stair riser is the vertical surface of each stair. The first thing you need to do is determine if you want to install vinyl planks on this surface, or if you want to give it some other treatment, like staining or painting it in a coordinating color.


If you choose to install vinyl flooring on each stair riser, here’s what you’ll need to do.


Measure the length and height of the riser and cut a vinyl plank to fit.

Spread adhesive on the back of the plank and firmly press it against the riser.

Fasten the corners and edges with screws or nails, so the plank stays secure as the adhesive dries. Don’t install fasteners in the middle of the plank, where they are easier to see.

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