If your home has a wooden staircase, you may consider adding a stair runner. This is carpeting for your stairs. Literally, it’s carpeting that “runs up the stairs.” Most people don’t think about adding carpeting to stairs; however, it can be a dramatic improvement for your home.
Stair runners are a great addition for many reasons. First, they can quiet the noise that comes from creaky wooden stairs. It also makes stairs warmer when walking on with bare feet. Runners also provide more traction when going up and down. Wood can be slippery, especially if it’s dusty. With carpeting on the stairs, you are less likely to slip and fall.
Runners on stairs also protect the hardwood flooring. Although hardwood is durable, it can get scuff marks and scratches, especially when there is a lot of traffic on them. By covering with carpeting, you can protect the area of the stairs used for walking, helping them last longer.
A stair runner allows homeowners to add beauty and elegance to their stairs. Runners come in numerous colors, styles and patterns, so each homeowner can show their unique personality. Rather than covering the entire staircase with carpeting, a stair runner covers the main area in the middle while still allowing some of the hardwood floor to be seen. So, you can still showcase the hardwood stairs while protecting them and adding style.
Installing a runner on a straight staircase is a relatively easy project, even for a novice do-it-yourselfer. Winding staircases are definitely more challenging. They can still be done with expert instructions or you can hire professionals to handle the job.
A stair runner can be purchased from most carpeting stores. They can either be purchased as a pre-made runner, or some carpeting stores will allow you to choose a piece of carpeting and they will cut and bind it for you. Pre-made runners typically have a field, or main pattern, in the center along with a border on each side. If you have one made, most carpeting stores have remnants in stock that can be used for the job.
You can consult a professional from the carpeting store to know how to accurately measure for the stair runner. This is especially important if you have a winding staircase. If the store has professionals who are going to install it, most likely they will come to your house to take measurements and then come back to install the runner once it’s ready.
Adding a stair runner to your home’s staircase can be money well spent. It can add luxury, safety and protection to your stairs so they will last for many years to come.