Step 5: Staple the Padding to the Steps

Staple the Padding to the Steps to Install a Flat-Weave Cotton Stair Runner
Photo: Laura Moss
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Center a section of padding on the bottom tread, leaving a small gap at the riser. Use a staple gun to secure it. Drive in five staples, working out in both directions from the middle of the back edge. Smooth out the padding and staple it five times along the front, about 1 inch back from the nosing. Gently smooth it over the nosing, being careful not to stretch and pucker it, and staple it to the riser, as shown.

TOH Tip: Start installing the padding at the bottom step. That way, you'll have a built-in cushion to kneel on as you work your way up the staircase.

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    Shopping List

    Felt carpet padding to cushion the runner

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    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