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Making a Basement Landing Step by Myself

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Previously, I showed you how I painted my steel basement door.  Here I am going to show you how I built a landing step inside the basement.  You can see in the picture below what a big step it was from the threshold to the floor. It measures 12 inches.  A normal step is about 8 inches high. This made it very awkward, if not dangerous– especially when carrying something inside and stepping down that far.

Basement Landing Before

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I decided to use posts leftover from my old fence for this project.  In fact, everything I used I already had– making this a free project!!  Perfect! I was excited to use my Kreg Jig to make pocket holes to hold the posts together with pocket hole screws.   Then I just nailed the spacers onto the posts to make it the right height.

Then I nailed the plywood to the top– and voila!  A basement landing step that was very sturdy.  It would save me from broken bones, I am sure.

It bowed just a bit in the middle, so later I reinforced the middle, from underneath. I added that center support piece that you can see in the picture below.  Now it is as sturdy as it can be.

basement landing step from underneath

When I acquired some free carpet….I covered the step, making it even nicer.  It helped that I had plenty of carpet to cover that half of the basement, and more leftover which I used in the garden and at my shed entrance.

landing step with carpet

Now the step down is roughly at 6 inches and then 6 inches again– perfect!

Basement Landing Step, AFTER!


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