Carpet Stair Runners

People will use carpet runners all over their home – but always in certain areas. They try to place them in the hallways, front doorways, or also on the stairs. It wouldn’t make sense for these to be placed in the middle of the living room or other places like this because they are far too long and not nearly wide enough for it.

A stair runner is used for several reasons. It helps to bring a bit of flare and color to the stairway a to help decorate it more. More importantly this helps to protect the steps and to keep people from falling down. I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen down wooden stairs while I was wearing socks.

There are many different types that you are able to choose from. One of the best and safest is the vinyl stair runner. These are designed with tiny teeth underneath it that allow you to lay it down easily and that help to keep it firmly in place. This also allows you to lay it down on stairs that already have carpet on them.

Installing Stair Runners

  • It is easier to install runners onto stairs that are straight up and down. However, you can purchase some that are long enough and flexible enough to be placed on curved stairways.
  • First you need to choose the type of runner you want and what you want it to look like. These can cost between $20 to $300.
  • Vacuum or sweep the area over the stairs. You don’t want to lay down carpet over a pile of dirt or dust.
  • Start at the bottom of the stairway and position the runner. You will want the end of the runner to touch the floor below the first step. Use tacks or stair holds to secure the end of the stair runner to the first riser. This riser is situated between the floor and the first tread.
  • Slowly unroll the runner as you go up each step. During each step you will need to secure it into place. On the second rise use a stair rod or set of tacks to secure it.
  • Repeat these steps all the way up to the top of the stairway. When you have reached the top you will need to secure the runner using tacks at each corner or by the riser on the edge of the tread.