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Flooring 101 Home Stairs, Vents and Grills Stair Installation Installing Bamboo on Stairs and Flush Stair Nose

Installing Bamboo on Stairs and Flush Stair Nose

Installation Instructions Morning Star Click Bamboo Flooring On Steps

(Box type steps, closed on both sides)


Flush type Bamboo Stair Nose

Bamboo flush stair nose drawing

Tool List

  • Calking gun
  • Urethane construction adhesives  Sku:10041789 , 10035374 , 10016667
  • 6d finish nails
  • Circular saw
  • Tread tool  Sku:10029689   
  • Combination square
  • Dust mask
  • Vacuum
  • Table saw  Sku:10043002
  • Hammer
  • caulk
  • Tape measure
  • Safety glasses
  • Compound miter saw  Sku:10043047
  • PVA wood glue  Sku:10038493
  • Chalk line
  • Hand saw
  • Wood filler
  • Ear plugs
  • Chisel
  • Nail set

Prep work:

Step 1:

  • Remove existing Floor covering
  • Set any raised nail heads or screw heads
  • Remove paint over spray
  • Remove dust
  • Use wood screws to secure loose or squeaky areas.

Step 2:

  • Measure depth of existing bullnose over hang
  • Measure the left and right side
  • Transfer measurement to top of tread and place a pencil mark
  • Use a straight edge, level, or straight board to draw a line between the marks.
  • Cut off overhang on each step using a circular saw. (figure 1)
  • Finish up cut near wall using a hand saw, multi tool, or saw.
  • Remove existing nose.
  • Vacuum up any dust.

Step 3:

  • If existing nose was routed into the skirting, fill the hole with sandable, paintable wood filler or white spackling for white skirting's.
  • Allow wood filler to dry and sand smooth.
  • Paint skirting
  • Paint risers if you are not re-facing them. If installing new primed white risers paint them at this point.

Step 4:

  • Many bamboo floors require two assembled planks to cover the tread and risers. Assemble the bamboo and glue them together with a PVA wood glue.
  • Allow glue to dry. This will help keep the pieces together when cutting with your sliding miter saw.


Bamboo Riser install:

  • Start installing at bottom step and work to the top.
  • Use a tread tool to measure the width of the riser
  • Use the tread tool to transfer the mark onto the bamboo plank
  • Use a sliding miter saw to cut the bamboo to fit
  • Next measure the height of the riser with a tape measure
  • Transfer measurement to bamboo.
  • Use a table saw to rip the bamboo riser flush with the top of the tread
  • Glue new bamboo riser to the existing riser with a urethane adhesive. Tack with finish nails
  • Fill nail holes with close matching wood filler

Bamboo Tread install:

  • Measure from the edge of new riser or from existing riser if no new riser is installed.
  • Measure 2-5/16" back from the riser and place a mar k on the tread. Next, go to the opposite end of the riser and again measure back 2-5/16" and place a mark on the tread. Use a chalk line to pop a straight line between the two marks. The top edge of the bamboo flooring installed on the tread will stop at this mark.
  • Use a tread tool to measure the width of the tread.
  • Use the tread tool to transfer the measurement to the bamboo.
  • Cut bamboo with sliding miter saw.
  • Next, measure the distance from the next riser to the chalk line
  • Transfer measurement to the bamboo, making sure that the section cut off will be the groove side. The tongue side is needed for installing Flush stair nose.
  • Use the table saw to rip down the bamboo cutting off the groove side.
  • Dry fit to make sure the bamboo fits, then glue with urethane adhesive.
  • Tack bamboo with finish nails that will be hidden when installing the next riser.
  • Install next riser (Step one Riser installation) then install next tread. Continue until all risers and treads are completed.
  • Use caulking to fill in any hair line gaps by the walls.

Flush Stair nose installation:

  • Measure the width of the stair. The tread tool can be helpful here also.
  • Cut the stair nose with miter saw to fit width
  • Dry fit your cut to make sure it fits
  • The lip of the stair nose will rest on the top of the bamboo tongue.
  • Glue stair nose with a urethane wood glue, and tack with finish nails. We suggest pre-drilling and hand nailing with 6d steel finish nails.
  • Continue until all steps are complete.
  • Fill nail holes with a close matching wood filler

Top Step Stair nose Installation:

Overlap Flush

  • Maintain a consistent indoor humidity level between 30% to 50%. High indoor humidity or low indoor humidity can lead to greater expansion in bamboo flooring. When bamboo click flooring is floated in the top hallway, an overlap stair nose is required for the top step. The overlap stair nose can help allow room for expansion and contraction of the bamboo flooring. If the bamboo is glued down in the hallway where the top step is, a flush stair nose can be used on the top step.

Scotia Installation:

  • Measure and cut scotia molding to the correct width of riser
  • Install under the flush stair nose using urethane adhesive and brad nails
  • Scotia should be flush against the bottom of the stair nose.

7.17.2019 Bamboo step and stair nose installation.

Flooring 101 Home Stairs, Vents and Grills Stair Installation Installing Bamboo on Stairs and Flush Stair Nose