Can you use normal carpet as a stair runner?

11 August 2023

Yes, you can use normal carpet as a stair runner.

In fact, using carpet as a stair runner is a common practice to add both aesthetic appeal and safety to a staircase.

A stair runner is a strip of carpet that runs down the centre of the staircase, leaving the edges of the stairs exposed.

Here are a few considerations and steps to keep in mind if you're planning to use normal carpet as a stair runner - 



Can you use normal carpet as a stair runner

Material Selection -  Choose a carpet material that is durable and suitable for high-traffic areas. Stairs can see a lot of foot traffic, so you'll want a carpet that can withstand wear and tear.

Size and Measurements -  Measure the width and length of your stairs accurately. The carpet should be cut to fit the width of the stairs and leave a border of exposed wood on either side (I normally suggest leaving 7-10cm either side of the runner). The length should cover the entire length of the staircase (allow around 50cm extra for cutting and fitting).

Installation -  You'll need to secure the carpet to the stairs. This can be done using adhesives, carpet tacks, staples, or a combination of these methods. It's important to ensure that the carpet is securely fastened to prevent tripping hazards.

Safety - One of the main benefits of using a stair runner is improved safety. The carpet provides traction, reducing the likelihood of slipping on the stairs.

Aesthetics - Stair runners can enhance the visual appeal of your staircase and complement the overall interior design of your home. Choose a carpet colour and pattern that matches your décor.

Maintenance -  Keep in mind that stairs are more challenging to clean than flat surfaces. Regular vacuuming and occasional deep cleaning will be necessary to maintain the appearance of your stair runner.

Professional Installation - Installing a stair runner can be a DIY project, but it may also require some skill and tools. If you're not comfortable with the installation process, consider hiring a professional carpet installer.

Before proceeding with using normal carpet as a stair runner, it's a good idea to do some research and possibly consult with a professional to ensure that the installation is done correctly and safely. The edges should always be overlocked or taped to prevent fraying.



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