Stair Risers: Too Big or Too Small?

Reply

  #1  
Old 10-04-15, 06:30 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 14
Stair Risers: Too Big or Too Small?

I am rebuilding a small set of steps leading to a sunken living room. The total rise is about 26", meaning I can either use two risers of about 8.67" or three risers of 6.5". We currently have two, and while they do feel a bit high, we are probably just used to it at this point.

Any reason too big or too small would be better? Also, would the tread size change based on the riser size?
Thanks!!
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 10-04-15, 07:13 PM
Member
Join Date: May 2015
Location: USA
Posts: 3,138
I believe code limits riser height to 7 3/4. When you get old you will appreciate 6.5.
 
  #3  
Old 10-05-15, 04:02 AM
chandler's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 39,968
Good practice on stair tread/risers is to adhere to an 18" united inch measurement. Total rise and run should be about 18". If you decrease one, you should increase the other. Decreasing your riser to 6.5" would make your tread 12" or so. However, with only 2 or 3 steps, making them identical is the key to prevent tripping.
 
  #4  
Old 10-05-15, 11:02 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 14
Thanks for the advice. I guess I might try and rough together some to try walking on both. We have gotten used to the higher risers, but maybe the lower would be more comfortable.
 
  #5  
Old 10-05-15, 01:05 PM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 43,804
If you ever go to sell the ones that have a riser that is too high might become an issue.
 
  #6  
Old 10-05-15, 06:01 PM
Member
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 236
You may be interested in this calculator EZ Stairs Free Stair Calculator
 
  #7  
Old 10-07-15, 02:42 PM
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: WI/MN
Posts: 18,651
I'd go for three stairs to stay under an 8" rise.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes