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Wooden Flooring For Stairs

Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for homes and offices, as it’s versatile and durable. Wood floors enhance almost any room, and they can also enhance staircases. Wooden flooring for stairs is less common, but it can have just as dramatic an impact on your interior design as regular wood flooring. If you’ve chosen hardwood flooring for the rest of your property, then getting wooden stairs will ensure consistency. Also, because staircases see a lot of foot traffic, they get dirty easily, and cleaning hardwood flooring is easier than cleaning carpeting.

Stair Flooring Ideas

Wooden staircases can be adapted to fit several styles, whether your aesthetic is traditional or modern. As you have a lot of choices when it comes to wooden flooring for staircases, it can be difficult to select the best one. A common choice is putting natural wood on the top of the steps then painting the sides. This style makes the steps themselves easier to see, a potentially important safety measure to take. It’s also possible to combine hardwood staircases and carpeting, by leaving the edges of each wooden step exposed. This style displays the timelessness of wood but provides a carpet runner for more ease when climbing and descending the stairs. Of course, when selecting the materials for your staircase, safety must be a factor. Our hardwood flooring experts can visit your site and survey your staircase to let you know which options will work best for your property, and how to make your wooden staircase secure.

Over 30 Years Experience

We’ve been in the wood flooring business for over thirty years, and in that time we’ve helped customers throughout North London with their flooring needs. At Horizontal Matters, we value giving professional advice, offering flooring and flooring services at competitive prices, and providing excellent customer service.

Stair Flooring Installation

Changing your staircase from carpet to wood is a big task, and it should be carried out by professionals if you want your wooden staircase to look great and be safe. We’re based in Walthamstow, North London, but we provide floor coverings for stairs across London and even in Essex and Hertfordshire. When we install wood flooring for stairs, we pay the utmost attention to detail, ensuring every aspect is precise. We’ll also sand, stain, and polish the wooden stairs as needed to ensure the best quality and to keep your wooden staircase safe against future damage.

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Stair Flooring Restoration

If you have a wooden staircase that’s worn out or in need of repair, our experts can handle it. Our extensive wood flooring restoration services encompass everything your staircase might need to look exceptional and last for years to come. We can repair broken steps by replacing boards, as well as sand and polish your wooden steps. Repairing and restoring your wooden staircase not only improves the appearance but also guards against any hazards, such as splinters, cracks, or scratches in the wood.

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Visit Our Walthamstow Flooring Showroom

When it comes to staircases, you have a lot of options. To help you understand what’s possible or give you stair flooring ideas, you can visit our wood flooring showroom in Walthamstow. We have a range of high-quality wood flooring products to be used on stairs, as well as several carpeting choices for stair runners. When you visit our showroom in person, our experts can provide their guidance on a floor covering for stairs, and let you know what kind of work will be involved in installing or restoring a wooden staircase.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wood & Laminate Floors

Yes. There are many sound reducing underlays on the market which can be incorporated into the installation. These will offer a sound reduction of between 10 to 43 decibels.

Most manufacturers’ guarantees would be invalid if new underlay is not used.

Yes, but in most cases for wood it must be an engineered product, and you must use an appropriate underlay specifically designed for the purpose.

This would be due to excessive moisture. If you are using a mop to clean your floor ensure it is well wrung out before you start.

All wooden floors must be laid with room for expansion. There are various ways of concealing the expansion gap and we can happily show you all the various options.

Unless great care is taken with a wooden floor it is very likely to scratch. If you have a ‘shoes-off’ policy in your house this would reduce the likelihood of scratches, as will a strong doormat to catch loose grit at the entrance. In the case of laminates, they are highly scratch resistant.

Most wooden floors are more or less maintenance free but you should always follow the manufacturers recommended guidelines for maintaining your floor.


‘Tracking’, as it is known, may occur in high traffic areas, and will depend on the type of carpet you select. Carpets that are denser are less likely to track. To reduce the likelihood of this occurring it is recommended that carpets are vacuumed twice a week to lift the pile, and we also recommend that you have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year.

The average life span is 7 years although there are a lot of new carpets on the market that give a 10 year guarantee.

Depending on the type of carpet being installed either plywood or hardboard can be applied to the floorboards prior to your new carpet being fitted.

Yes, you can but low tog underlays must be used which will allow the heat to penetrate through to your room.

There are specialist underlays available that reduce this type of noise and we would be happy to provide advice to you if this is a concern.

Most manufacturers’ guarantees would be invalid if new underlay is not used.

What our clients say...

Raj Bhatt | Property Associates

I just wanted to thank you for providing a high-quality service with complete professionalism in our recently completed development in Finchley. You followed up on my referral immediately and came on-site within a week and then provided a competitive quote within a few days. We scheduled a time to fit and you arrived promptly to complete the job. I was …

Raphael Phillips

I have used horizontal matters on a number of occasions. Stuart and his team are fantastic. Very reasonably priced for the high-quality service and products that we received. I would have no hesitation in recommending them. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

Mrs S S

Horizontal Matters provided me with first class service end to end. Stuart provided great customer service.  He visited us at our home with a wide range of samples, promptly followed by a more than reasonable quote.  Horizontal Matters were also very accommodating with arrangement of the fitting days. The carpet fitters were very professional and friendly.  Arriving on time over …

Mrs Goodman, North Finchley

Delighted with my new Lounge carpet, supplied and expertly fitted by Horizontal Matters – highly recommend the service, choice and fitting

Simon Miller

Horizontal Matters is led by Stuart Gaylor, an experienced floor specialist. I have known Stuart for what must be 10 years. He will offer you a great choice in flooring, a very good fitting service, all with grace. My practice has recommended Stuart and his team for years, and will keep doing so. If you are thinking of a new …

S. A.

Dear Stuart I wanted to write and thank you for the excellent job you did supplying and fitting the carpets for my new house. Choosing the carpet was made very easy by you and your knowledge, explaining to me which carpets I could have that best suited the house, my budget and other requirements. I was impressed by the selection …

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