SlideRider Turns Indoor Staircase Into Indoor Slide
Kids love stairs. I don’t have scientific facts to back this up, just memories of childhood. As a kid, my brother and I would slide down our carpeted stairs on our bottoms. Then that became boring and we progressed to going down backward on our stomachs and then to the ultimate, fear inducing thrill of going down head first, our heads bobbling and our teeth chattering. How did we not break our necks or bite off our tongues? Trisha Cleveland has come up with an alternative to bumpy, potentially unsafe rides down the stairs. SlideRider turns an indoor staircase into an indoor slide. (UPDATE: For the latest update on the SlideRider and where to buy one, make sure to check out the "update"section at the end of this article.)
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.
When I first looked at the pictures, I wasn’t sure how I—I mean my kids—would get back up after sliding down, but it looks like there is enough room between the side of the slide and the railing or wall to get back up once you slide down.
Submitted as an idea to Quirky , a place that turns ideas into products, by inventor Trisha Cleaveland, SlideRider is now being priced by Quirky’s community of inventors and members. SlideRider also needs a manufacturer to turn it into a mass-produced product that can be brought to store shelves and online retailers like Amazon.
I hope this brilliant invention is available soon because just like my favorite toy growing up was the staircase, my kids seem to be drawn to the stairs too. My almost walking twin boys are drawn to them like…like babies to stairs, and my toddler loves to climb up the banister as if she is a mountain goat scaling a cliff.
Instead of chasing my kids off of the stairs, I would love to be chasing them to the stairs to be the first one down SlideRider. I’m not positive this indoor slide will be meant for adults, but I make no promises I won’t try it.
Update: Where To Buy Or Get the SlideRider Indoor Slide
Unfortunately, this indoor slide was not successfuly launched into the marketplace. If you'd like to see some of the new products Quirky has successfully brought to market, you can see them here.
If you look at the SlideRider’s project on Quirky, it notes that this is a legacy invention and no longer actively being developed. So if you want a slide for your staircase, you will have to settle for making one yourself. Contemplative Creatures made their own DIY Homemade Cardboard Staircase Slide.
The hardest part about making a cardboard slide for your home will be collecting enough large cardboard pieces to make the slide. If you ask at your local store that sells appilances like a Best Buy or Walmart (just go to the back work entrance to the store where the workmen are or ask to see the manager, you should be able to get some boxes there. Once you get enough boxes, just tape them together with duct and make sure to tape the top of the carboard adequately to attach it to the top of the stairs. Remember to use lots of pillows for cushioning.
If you want to create less temporary indoor slide for your home, Instructables has a nice set of instructions fo how to make an indoor staircase slide for your home from plywood.