8011 False Starting Step


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Product Description

Combine the coziness of carpet with the premium appearance of stained wood by installing the 8011 False Starting Step. The gentle curve of this starting step provides an elegant transition and a natural location for turned newels with volute fittings or a box newel with a large base. Get the best of both worlds with customized False Starting Steps, made just for you.

Note, wood products may have varying amounts of staves due to the varying thicknesses of lumber that comes in each bunk and the width of the product.

Key Features

  • Use with Carpeted Stairs
  • Rounded End
  • Stain-Grade
  • Customizable

Returned Ends

Each side of the stairway that does not attach to a wall requires a decorative Rounded End to accommodate a newel. To determine if a Left or Right Returned False Starting Step is required, stand at the bottom of the stairway and look up. If the right side is exposed, then you need a Right Returned False Starting Step. If the left side is exposed, then you need a Left Returned False Starting Step. A False Starting Step can also be placed on each side of a starting step to form a Double Returned End design.

Additional Style Options

  • Distressed Detailing
  • Hand Scraped Textures
  • Paint Grade Risers
  • Molding

Note, wood products may have varying amounts of staves due to the varying thicknesses of lumber that comes in each bunk and the width of the product.


We are happy to accommodate your custom design. Give us a call, one of our experts are happy to assist you!

Product Specifications


  • Total Height: 8 ½”
  • Riser Height 7 ½”
  • Tread Thickness: 1”
  • Depth including Front Edging: 11 ¼”
  • Depth/Diameter of Rounded Section: 12 ½”
  • Total Width: 18 ⅜”
  • Width of Rounded Section to Notch: 10 ⅜”
  • Width of Notch: 8” (may be trimmed on-site)

Clear Finish & Stain Information

StairSupplies™ offers several premium stain and finish options for our products, depending on the product’s use. For Starting Steps, we offer both clear finishes and stains. Select a clear finish if you want to draw out the natural beauty and colors of the wood. If you prefer deeper, richer tones, our custom-mixed stains are the ideal choice for your Starting Steps.

All tread materials and products that are used underfoot are finished with a Conversion Varnish. Strong and resilient, this varnish is standard in the hardwood flooring industry. Our team of experts apply this specialty product onto each stair tread using a spray applicator for even, flawless coverage to protect your treads against heavy wear and tear.

Wood Grain & Color Variation

At StairSupplies™ we believe that natural wood colors and visual textures add character to our products. With that in mind, we strive to match the grain and color of all of our wood products as closely as possible. However, due to the natural variation of wood products, there may be instances in which a perfect grain and color match is not possible. By ordering from StairSupplies™, you acknowledge that you are receiving a uniquely crafted product and there may be some variation in the grain and color of your wood products.

Interior Use Only

This product may contain glue joints and is designed for interior use only.

Product Q&A

Tim Herzog
8 years 14 days ago

I have a bottom step of oak that has a round end on one side but not on the other side of the stairs. Could I add this side so I have 2 rounded edges of the bottom step? I was not planning on carpeting the steps but just put a runner on the steps. Would this addition be too obvious to add the rounded edge? The bottom step is new, but has a finish on it.

Stair Supplies
8 years 14 days ago

Hi Tim,
I think you would struggle to have the runner look good, while being able to cover the fact that one of the ends was separate from the main body of your steps. You could try it, but I think you’ll be better off getting an entirely new starting step.

8 years 3 days ago

I want to replace the false step I have I am taking the carpet off and adding treads my question is I am measuring the existing False step it’s dimensions are 12″ 1/2 the round 11″1/4 from outside edge to inside hitting first step the Vertical Length is 16″ 3/4 I don’t see the vertical length of your # 8011 False step

Stair Supplies
8 years 21 hours ago

Hi David,
I’ve just added an image that has the specific dimensions of our 8011 false starting step. I believe that will answer your question. Please let us know if there is anything else you need.