How to Measure Stairs

Total Rise

The exact vertical distance from the top of one finish floor the top of another finish floor.

To determine the Total Rise, measure from the top of one floor to the top of another floor including the thickness of all final floor finishes.  Be careful to keep your measure tape straight and accurate every other stair measurement depends on it

Total Run

The exact horizontal distance from the edge of the upper floor to the end of the bottom step.

To determine the Total Run, on the lower floor mark both the end of the bottom riser as well as the edge of the upper floor (do this by using a level or a bobbin from the upper floor to the lower level.)   

Measuring Rise and Run of stairs

Also available at your local Home Hardware Building Centre

Available at your local Home Hardware Building Centre