Stair Runner Carpet: Learn How to Install DIY Style

Stair Runner Carpet: Learn How to Install

Fitting a stair runner on your staircase creates a stylish look in your hallway and can provide many other benefits, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing. You may be surprised to know that with the right knowledge and tools, it is entirely possible to fit a runner yourself. Here is a look at the benefits of a stair runner carpet and how to install one.

 

What is a stair runner, and what are the benefits?

A long strip of carpet, a stair runner runs right down the middle of the stairs, leaving the exposed stair visible on either side. Stair runners are typically fitted on hardwood stairs and have many practical benefits, including protecting the stairs, minimizing noise, and reducing the risk of slipping. They can add a touch of style and flair to a plain staircase.

Measuring and choosing your carpet

 You will need to measure your stairs to find out the exact length of stair runner carpet you will need. A typical Stair Runner Is 26 to 28 Inches Wide and a Typical staircase has around 12.5 stairs. Each stair Measures in length around 18 inches. Times 12.5 (the Number of Stairs) x 18 inches (the Length of each stair) = 225 inches divided x 12 = 18.75 ft in total length. So If you Had 12.5 stairs at 18 inches each, you would need around 19 ft of carpet!

When you make your choice of carpet, keep in mind that the material should be durable to withstand the heavy use stairs are subjected to. Also, you should consider that with a linear or geometric patterned runner, it will take more time and care to line up during fitting. For complete novices, it may be best to stick to a plain runner, such as this Natural Artistry Raffia Basket Carpet Runner, which will be more forgiving for first-time DIYers.

Direct Carpet Stair Runner

 Tools Needed for a Smooth installation

After you have measured and obtained the correct length of runner, you'll need some additional tools to complete the installation, including a

 1/ Roberts Electric Staple gun 

2/ 9/16 Electric Gun Staples

3/ Roberts Carpet tucker

4/ Roberts Carpet Knife

5/ Roberts Knee Kicker

6/ Hammer

And a few Honorable Mentions a tape measure a Sharp Pair Of Scissors a Pad Stapler

Get these ready beforehand and keep them handy throughout the process.

Tools for Stair runner installation

 

How to install

First, you need to clean your wooden stairs to ensure the surface is ready. Cut the carpet padding to size and place on the stairs;

TIP: (you’ll want to cut the padding around 2 inches narrower than your runner so you have room at each side to staple the runner.)

Example: If your Carpet Runner is 28 Inches Wide your Pad Needs to Be 26 Inches Wide.

Starting at the bottom of the stairs, use your tape measure to ensure the carpet runner is centered on the stair. Carefully measure each side, making sure the measurements are equal and that the carpet pad is centered underneath.

Center Carpet Runner Properly

 

Fold the edge of the carpet down to the bottom of the first stair, and using your staple gun, staple the edge along the carpet. You will probably need 6 or 7 staples.

Tip:  I Like to Staple Every 4 to 5 Inches!

You can then bring the carpet up, and you might find it helpful to pre-bend the carpet so it curls nicely over the edge of the stair.

You will need to staple the underside of the edge to ensure it fits smoothly as it goes up. Using the carpet kicker, maintain pressure on the carpet runner to keep it flat and straight and place a couple of staples at each edge onto the tread. Then, using the carpet tucker in the corner where the tread meets the riser, create a groove by moving it back and forth to really make sure the carpet is fitting tightly and securely. Then, staple along the groove to keep the carpet in place, just as you did at the start.

The first stair is done, and the process needs to be continued up the staircase. Taking your time, slowly move up the staircase, using the kicker to apply pressure to the runner. You don’t want to have any excess carpet; the carpet should be tight enough that it is not a trip hazard. Staple carefully and ensure all staples are flat to avoid any sharp points sticking up.

As you move up the staircase, keep checking the measurements so you know that the runner is staying in the center of the stairs and the measurement is maintained on each side. Staircases are often not straight, but it might be difficult to see by eye, so do keep checking the measurements.

If you need to join runners, you can do this by cutting off any excess from where you staple along the back corner of the riser. Take the new runner, fold the unfinished edge under, and then staple along the back so the runner seems to continue. When you get to the top, simply cut off the excess and staple along the bottom edge of the lip of the top stair.

Once you've followed all these steps, your stairs will have a fabulous new look!


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