Turn your indoor staircase into an indoor slide!

I didn’t have stairs in my home growing up, but I remember tobogganing down my friends stairs on foam mattresses.  On your bottom, on your back, on your stomach… stairs were a multitude of fun…  until someone got a carpet burn or landed too hard on a particularly pointy stair.  Trisha Cleveland on Quirky has come up with an alternative to bumpy, potentially unsafe rides down the stairs.  SlideRider turns an indoor staircase into an indoor slide.

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“Complete with side bumpers and a cushioned landing for safety, SlideRider is a collapsible slide for kids that can easily be stacked and stored when not in use. It’s also weighted at the top and bottom to ensure it stays in place.”

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We all want one, but unfortunately this amazing creation is no longer being developed for sale.

So if you want a slide for your staircase, you will have to make one yourself.  But never fear, here’s two options (maybe you can come up with more.)

Contemplative Creatures made their own DIY Homemade Cardboard Staircase Slide, and best of all, it costs next to nothing.

Photo: Contemplative Creatures

Get a new fridge? Don’t throw out the box without having some fun with it first!  Didn’t just get a new fridge?  Head over to your nearest cardboard recycling depot to grab some boxes, or ask your local white-goods store for any they’re getting rid of.

Just open the tops and bottoms of the boxes and lay the boxes end to end down the stairs.  If they’re too short, tape on another one. Voila.  Instant slide.  It’s that easy.

If you tape the top of the cardboard slide to the carpet with duct tape, the slide should stay put for quite a while, and best of all there’s no weight restrictions so no worries about us adults breaking anything.  (I’m looking at you, child sized jumping castles that pop too easily.)
Bonus step:  a pile of pillows at the bottom for a softer landing.  Trust me on this one.  Sofa cushions are also good, as long as no-one lands between the cracks.

If, however, you want to create less temporary indoor slide for your home, Instructables have a set of instructions of how to make an indoor staircase slide for your home from plywood.  It might need some altering to make it strong enough for adults, but the idea is sound.

Please, please let me know if you’ve made any of these, or done anything else fun, I love hearing about everyone’s crazy exploits.

Happy Sliding!

JesterNoir.

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