View Full Version : Molding under a stair tread
04-28-2003, 08:49 AM
What type of molding is typically installed under stair treads. The area I mean is directly under the tread that overhangs the riser. My lumber yard recommended Nose and crown molding but I was going to use regular cove. What is more common?
This is for a raised ranch and therefore not very colonial.
04-28-2003, 10:11 AM
It would depend on the overhang, but I'd vote cove, as that is what is in my cape and it's a simple look.
A simple quarter round would do fine as well. If you want a more simple 'mod' look, you can go without any trim . . . that look looks better with painted risers and natural steps over all-natural.
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04-28-2003, 04:39 PM
Whatever molding you use, it is going to take a beating. You probably don't want to use a soft wood like poplar or pine.
I would suggest making it out of hardwood, oak, etc, cut an ogee with your router, and rip your own out of the species you want.
Danford C Jennings
04-28-2003, 09:05 PM
The trim moulding under the nose is "optional"...Typically, in answer to your question, 3/8ths x 1/2" stock is used w/ a cove on the face or a Roman Ogee for a more formal look. I'd go without before using plain ol' quarter round...I wouldn't worry too much about the trim moulding taking a beating though; it's under the tread and out of the way. FWIW.