Tuck and Staple to Install a Flat-Weave Cotton Stair Runner
Photo: Laura Moss

Step 7: Tuck and Staple

Use a bolster chisel to tuck the runner into the gap behind the padding, as shown. Line up the runner's edges with the pencil marks, and drive five 1-inch staples into the tuck. Smooth the runner over the nosing of the next step, tuck it into the gap, and staple it. Don't overstretch the runner or you may distort its pattern. Continue until you hit the end of either the runner or the stairs. If one runner covers your staircase, skip to Step 11.

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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • 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