I was able to add a lip on the very top stair because my stairs ended at the back of the house where the top stair would not be very noticeable. I glued a piece of bass to the top step so it ‘overhung’ catching on the upper level floor. This prevented the staircase from falling down.
On the lower step of the stairs, I glued molding to the floor where the bottom step touched the floor. The molding was glued around the bottom step (but not glued to the step – glued to the floor only). This kept the bottom of the staircase in place so the staircase itself didn’t need to be glued to the floor.
|Molding cut to fit around bottom of stairs|
To remove the staircase, I just gently lift the entire thing up about an inch to loosen it from the molding and twist and pull it out without hitting the chandelier. I plan to stain the upper overhang a little so it blends in better with the upstairs flooring.
|Upper floor (way back) you can see the overhang|
|Bottom floor - molding is only glued to the floor, not the stairs.|
Hope this helps someone else with the same problem! I plan to do it with my 2nd floor staircase also because on that level I plan to have a light fixture behind the stairs (those stairs will be see-through – hopefully in an upcoming blog).