Stair Runners, How Wide Should They Be? What Kind Should I Buy?
Are you Confused? Well, these are all search terms for the same thing!
You might be looking for a piece of carpet to go down the middle of your stairs this would be one of these terms!
We are talking about stair runners carpet runner stair runner rugs and the like all the same meaning and do all the same things and we love them for it!
Stair runners come in many sizes, colors, styles and materials!
Let's start with stair runner sizes, Stair runner size depends on how wide your staircase is?
Some staircases could take a 24 inch carpet runner
and some staircases need a 5ft wide stair runner rug, but these are some extreme cases at least the 5ft wide one is
The Most Popular Width Stair Runner
1/ 28 inch stair runner is by far the most popular stair runner width, and the reason for that is many staircases are 33 inches to 36 inches wide at least in the part of the world where I am and a 28 inch stair runner fits just perfect at that width.
Let's do some math- If you're Staircase is 36 inches wide minus a 28 inch carpet runner that equals 8 inches and that means that your stair runner would reveal 4 inches of your beautiful wood staircase on each side which is absolutely perfect!
Here is an Example of a 28 inch staircase runner below with a 4 inch reveal
Second Most Popular Size Carpet Runner Width is 32 Inch wide!
A 32 inch wide stair runner rug is great for 46 inch wide staircases with spindles attached to one side on the stair treads, let's give a few examples here, visual works great in this case
On the above staircase we have a very wide staircase and we decided with the client that a 32 inch wide stair runner would work out best in this situation, seeing that the client wanted to show off the beauty of the hardwood stairs, but also showcase this beautiful Anderson Tuftex Stair Runner.
Length of a Stair Runner
Now lets Talk length, How long does a stair runner come?
Well, that's a Good Question? Some Stair runners Come 50 ft long, so you can install them in one piece, some stair runners come in many pieces and have to be spliced together so to speak.
I personally like full length carpet runners and stair runners, as a DIYer Pieceing stair runners together is not that hard, but installing a full length Stair runner has less chances of fraying and less chance for you to make a mistake.
A typical Staircase has 12.5 stairs and each stair is usually around 18 to 20 inches from tread to tread depending on the nose of the stair
(that's why we always measure)
Let's do some math
Let's say a typical staircase has 12.5 stairs, including the top riser (hence the. 5)
And each stair measure from tread to tread 19 inches (12.5 x 19 = 237.5) divide that by 12 = 19.79 ft round that up to 20 ft or even better 21 ft now you know how long your stair runner should be and with that little bit extra you won't be short!
Stair Runner Ideas & Colors
Wow, there are literally thousand of stair runner ideas and colors and we don't have enough time to show you all of them, but let's talk about some super popular carpet runner ideas and some stair runner fundamentals
Popular Stair runners Ideas
1. Herringbone Stair Runners are all the Rage
2. Geometric Patterned Carpet Runners
3. Stain proof Carpet Runners
4. Berber Stair Runners
5. Cheap Stair Runners
Stair Runner Materials
Last but not least Stair Runner Materials
Stair runners and carpet in general come in many different materials such as polypropylene, Tryexta, polyester, nylon and wool.
Polyester tends to be a fast wearing carpet in some cases a great carpet for flippers and stagers not so great but can look amazing!
Polypropylene is your Typical Berber carpets which have a very good Wearing reputation, but can show pulls with certain vacuums and are used for stair runners
Tryexta Also Known as Stain Proof Carpet fantastic for stair runners and really a great carpet any room.
Nylon, Nylon Carpet is amazing and one of the best wearing carpet stair runners out there, Highly Recommended for foot traffic especially on stairs and staircases
Wool wool carpet is a favorite being that's it hypo-allergenic and all natural its a very popular and expensive carpet for stair runners and absolutely beautiful!
whether your buying a stair runner, carpet runner or just looking for stair runner ideas I hope this helped ease the burden a little bit
Keep Calm and Carpet Runner on!