My good friend Shaun drove down from Alabama just to help me finish building my risers. This was my first project working with wood and I have very little tools. He shows up with skill saws, clamps, router, compound miter saw, drills, reciprocating saw, sander, levels, squares and even a ladder. He knew I didn't have any of those items so he just packed what he figured we would need for the project. What a great friend!
I had NO idea how long it was going to take us. For some reason, I thought 3 hours. Totally wrong. Try 11 hours.
I want to thank Jason (mn_hokie)
for the photos of his risers. His room is close to the size of my room so I used his risers as a guide for mine. I chose to go with 2x10's instead of 2x12's that he used.
We decided it would be best not to hard wire the power to the riser but instead made a power plug to go from the back wall into the riser and attached it to a gang box (think that is the correct term). From there we ran Romex inside the riser to the two step lights, two wall plugs on the front of the riser (for my front electric theater seats to plug into) and a toggle light switch that we mounted to the side (just as you enter the room) that would turn on/off the step lights.
Before we added the insulation, we stapled plastic on the bottom side of the riser to secure the insulation when we move or lift it up. This thing is one heavy sucker. We got a workout lifting it up and down to work on it.
We added staggered 2x4 braces to the primary walking area on the risers to add support and to help eliminate flexing or squeeking.
Once the electric was run, we added the insulation, then used construction adhesive to secure the 3/4 plywood to the 2x10's before screwing them together
The hardest part was installing the carpet and padding. Neither of us had ever worked with carpet before. What a chore that was. We first carpeted the top by using staples and carpet tacks to secure it to the sides that would not be seen and to the underside of the lip for the sides that would be seen. We ran a strip around the front and side facing, cut holes for the lights, switch and two outlets. The hardest part was figuring out how to make the corners look good and how to carpet the two steps. The carpet I chose was not an exact match to the carpet that was in the room but I knew that when I bought it. It was the closest they had to it. There is only one seam that is noticable but overall, I am very pleased with the result.
Two outlets on the front will be used to plug in my front 3 theater seats.
We goofed on the step lights. After installing, I plugged in the riser and hit the switch and immediately, the bulbs blew. Uh oh. We figured out the problem. We mistakenly picked up Low Voltage step lights instead of High Voltage. Oops. We went back to Lowes and HD but neither had High Voltage step lights so I guess I'll have to find them online. Anyone know of a good company to buy these from? For now, I have the boxes open and the wires secured with wire nuts and electrical tape until I can get the correct lights for the steps.
Here you can see the switch we installed just as you enter the door. Figures I can easily turn it on with my foot as I enter the room.