Stringer termination above floor level.

There are a few ways to terminate the stringer as it comes off the pitch, this is ideally determined before the stairs are built or the walls set out. the reason being the stair face of the wall stringer should align with the landing face of the skirting board, this is particularly important if you wish the moulding from the top of the stringer to flow straight into the landing. the stairs will have to be set in place before the walls are plastered to leave only the skirting thickness of the stringers left visible once the walls have been plastered. further consideration should also be allowed for any door frames or window reveals that are to be set into the same wall.

Traditional wall string capping.

Many traditional stairs, do not have the same molding to the stringers as the skirting molding.

The most popular way to finish the top of the stringer is to plant on a length of staff bead. This would normally be scribed into the wall once plastered.


Stringer flowing into skirting.

A very classic way of running the stringers straight over the landings into skirting boards. this does require the plaster line to be set up correctly. The stairs are fitted before the plaster goes in; to allow for space around the stairs required whilst being fitted.

As mentioned in the introduction, any door frames or window reveals will have to be set to align with the back of the moulding that is set over the visible stringer face.

Stringer flowing into skirting.
Stringer flowing into skirting
Stringer flowing, painted risers.
Stringer flowing, painted risers.
Stringer flowing into skirting.
Stringer flowing into skirting.
Stringer - Skirting flowing from top of flight.
Stringer Skirting flowing.

The stringer terminating into plinth blocks.

This is a traditional way to terminate the stringers, this is more commonly but not always used when plinth blocks are also used under the door architraves.

This is a good way to make a break when different moldings are used on the skirting and stringer detail.

Stringer skirting transition Plinth blocks.
Stringer skirting transition Plinth blocks.

The stringer terminating in a return mitre.

This is a very simple way to terminate the stringer. With the stringer generally having an equal too or greater than, projection from the wall than the thickness of the skirting.

This design is useful when the stringers finish at a different height than the skirtings.

Also useful when the stringer and skirting have different moldings.

Stringer terminating with a return mitre.
Stringer terminating with a return mitre.
Stringer terminating with a return mitre. close up.
Stringer terminating with a return mitre. close up.