# How to Plan Your Wood Stair Construction

What You'll Need
Graph paper
Pencil
Measuring tape

Undertaking a wood stair construction can be very complex for a novice builder. It requires precise measurements, math, and the patience to go slowly and get it right. This article will help go over the planning stages that you need to have in advance of building any wood stair in your home. Having a solid plan will save your hours of aggravation and will eliminate getting halfway through your build only to discover something, somewhere doesn't fit.

#### Step 1- Determine the Total Rise

The first step in making your staircase plan is to make sure that you have enough room to build the type of stair you have in mind. Stairs do have some dimensional flexibility, but one measurement that has no flexibility is the total rise of the stairs. The total rise is the height of the stairs from the finished floor on the bottom to the top of the finished floor upstairs. You need this total rise number in order to figure out how many steps your stairs will have and the height of each riser. Let's say that you measure a rise of 108 inches. You divide 108 by 7 to get 15.43. Since you can't have half a step, go ahead and round down to 15. Then you take 108 and divide it by 15 to get 7.2. So your risers will be 7 and 1/4 inches.