Can you use a regular runner for stairs?

For the rug itself, you can absolutely use a regular runner—or even a few runners placed end-to-end. Just make sure it will go the entire length of your stair risers and treads; a good way to shop for one is to take that measurement and then find your rug.

How much does it cost to install carpet runner on stairs?

You should estimate your total cost starting at $850 for a basic straight set of stairs not including taxes or removal of any existing materials. Custom runners with miters, pie shaped steps, etc. will be in the $999 to $2400 range depending on the material selected with fine wool carpets being the most expensive.

How do you attach runners to stairs?

Cut a strip of double-sided tape slightly shorter than the width of the rug. Press the tape along the top edge of the riser of the first tread, placing it just under the nose. Line up the top edge of the runner rug with the tape and press firmly. Use the staple gun to staple the rug in place.

Do you put padding under stair runners?

From looking at the typical runner and pad, it would appear that it is a continuous piece as it snakes from the top floor down. However, to fit well, padding needs to be fitted and placed perfectly on each stair tread so it doesn’t slip around under the fabric of the runner.

Do stair runners need underlay?

A good quality underlay will prolong the life of your runner by protecting it from excessive wear on the tread and, particularly, over the nose of the tread. We recommend that you use conventional carpet underlay, which you can purchase from any reputable carpet retailer or DIY store.

Can you install a stair runner without staples?

For concrete steps and installation without staples, carpet installers use an industrial carpet adhesive called carpet seam epoxy. This adhesive contains synthetic latex resins that serve as an extremely sticky and durable tackless strip replacement.

Do stair runners need stair rods?

With the exception of StarGrip rods, stair rods are entirely aesthetic and are not recommended for fitting stair carpets or runners. For your own safety, it is essential that your carpet is installed by other means. Fitting your carpet correctly increases its lifespan and improves the safety of your stair case.