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I've not done this before, but I am going to answer my own question because after reading each of the answers here, I found that I needed to dig deeper to find a definitive answer. Nosings offer multiple usability benefits The world's foremost expert on stair design seems to be John Templer, formerly Regents' Professor of Architecture at the Georgia ...


FYI, the overhang is called nosing. Stair nose is used to create a decorative finished edge on a stairstep or staircase The primary reason is aesthetics and cost savings--not UX. Like a door or window casing, the stair nosing covers the seam between two materials meeting--in this case the tread and the riser. While it may cost more in materials, ...

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