Determine the Layout to Install a Flat-Weave Cotton Stair Runner
Photo: Laura Moss

Step 1: Determine the Layout

Measure the steps. Measure the riser height and the tread depth of one step. Multiply the riser height by the number of risers and the tread depth by the number of treads. Add those results together and tack on an extra 6 inches for waste to find the total length of one runner. If you need more than one, add another 12 inches for each splice, the seam where two runners meet.

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    • 100-foot tape measure
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    • combination square
      Combination square
    • chalk line
      Chalk line
    • carpet scissors
    • straightedge guide
      3-foot straightedge
    • black marker
      Felt-tip marker
    • staple gun
      Staple gun
    • flat prybar
      Thin pry bar
    • pneumatic staple gun
      Narrow-crown pneumatic stapler and air compressor
    • bolster chisel
      Bolster chisel

    Shopping List

    Felt carpet padding to cushion the runner

    Flat-weave cotton runner(s)

    Double-sided carpet tape to adhere the top end of the runner-inch staples for the staple gun to secure the padding

    1-inch 18-gauge narrow-crown staples for the pneumatic stapler, to secure the runner