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Old 02-21-2014, 12:30 PM   #1
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Steps to the bedroom

I have not liked the step that goes into the bath/shower/bedroom - the total height of the rise is 19 inches and it has one step that is 1/2 of the 19, or 9 3/4 inches.

Since 'real' steps should be in the 7 inch range, if I divide the 19" by 3, I can have 3 steps at 6 1/2" or so...

Has anyone done something like this and were you happier with the shorter steps?

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a few years ago there was a member of this forum who changed the stairs from the living area to the bathroom/bedroom area (upstairs?) from 3 steps to 4. He and his other half were quite happy with the outcome.

It was quite a while ago but the post should still be here somewhere. It'll taking some searching and reading. In short, yes it is possible as long as you are handy and have some knowledge of home construction.
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You will definitely be happier with a much more natural rise in the steps of you go to three. I am also assuming that the extra step will not project out where it would be a hazard.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:32 PM   #4
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I have not liked the step that goes into the bath/shower/bedroom - the total height of the rise is 19 inches and it has one step that is 1/2 of the 19, or 9 3/4 inches.

Since 'real' steps should be in the 7 inch range, if I divide the 19" by 3, I can have 3 steps at 6 1/2" or so...

Has anyone done something like this and were you happier with the shorter steps?

Thanks!

Tim
I built some steps that sit on top of the existing tall step for my wife after she had foot surgury. Liked it so much we kept them. I used some birch plywood and some 1x4. Ended up capeting them to match. Couldn't just rebuild the steps because of a tall cabinet door that opens just above the existing step. The overlaying step is about 3 1/4 inches thick on top of the existing step and devides the entire rise evenly.
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The other thing to change if you have the space is the tread depth. "Typical" RV steps are around 8-9", it seems. Which is way too narrow. Try 12" if they will fit.
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I thought this might be a tread on building storage under the steps. Might want to look into that at the same time you change the existing steps. I know that in our 5er, there is a lot of wasted space under there.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:54 PM   #7
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I am not familiar with your floor, but I changed our two 10 1/2 inch steps to three 7 inch steps. That made it a lot easier on the knees.

I did not have room to just add the 3rd step because it would protrude into the entrance doorway. I did have room to cut the hall floor back far enough to add the step without being in the bathroom doorway. I moved the hall support brace to the new location so it has the same support as before. It looks factory, so I at least pleased myself. You may be able to do the same. Good luck!
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In my remodel project I added a 3rd step to my Teton, I did cut/angle them though to be more welcoming at the entrance door. It was very simple and I was able to add some awesome led lighting in the face or kick panel instead of the wall mount tailight style bulb. My 3 yr old walks up and down them perfectly fine now.
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Thanks for all the input! My bottom step will be near the traffic area for the entry way, so I plan to make them curved or rounded to clear the entry. It's not too far into the entry and I could just leave them straight, but a bit of relief will make it more comfy.

My steps are already 10" and don't see the need to make them any deeper, but it is early in the planning stage, so you never know. Same with storage...we have plenty of storage, so that's not in the plans at this time, either.

No lighting in my steps, but I would love to see a pic of yours if you can, Jon.

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