Introduction

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Add a touch of elegance, texture and color to your home’s interior staircase by installing a carpeted runner. The narrow strip of carpeting is set on a pad and then attached to tackless strips nailed to each tread. The thin, dense pad helps to quiet and cushion footsteps, but it also prevents the runner from wearing out prematurely. Don’t use standard foam padding; it’s too soft to provide the necessary support.

Installing a stair runner on a straight staircase is a relatively easy project, even for novice do-it-yourselfers. Winder stairs that turn corners are more challenging, but still doable with our expert instructions.

Stair runners are priced by the linear foot, and available in two widths: 27 inches and 32 inches. They’re made of synthetic fibers, wool, or a combination of both. Visit a carpeting outlet to see samples of the patterns and colors available.

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    Tools List

    • knee kicker
      Knee kicker,
      rent from carpet store or rental center
    • Hammer stapler
      Electric stapler with 9/16-inch narrow-crown staples
    • carpet knife
      Carpet knife
    • carpet tool
      Carpet tool
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet
    • metal cutting snips
      Sheet-metal snips
    • framing square
      Framing square
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hack saw
      Tubing cutter or hacksaw,
      for trimming carpet rods

    Shopping List

    1. STAIR RUNNER

    2. TACKLESS STRIPS

    3. CARPET PAD

    4. LATEX CARPET GLUE

    5. 3/4-INCH CARPET TACKS

    for temporarily holding runner pieces on winder stairs



    6. DECORATIVE STAIR RODS

    optional