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How to Install a Low-Cost Stair Runner

TOH reader Jaime Shackford used two off-the-shelf woven runners (about $125 each) to make put some grip on her slick oak steps

stairs with a colorful stair runner installed

Who: Jaime Shackford
Where: Edmond, Okla.
What: Got a good grip on once-slippery stairs with a DIY runner.

After getting a quote of $2,500 to carpet her dangerously slick oak staircase, TOH reader Jaime Shackford took the project into her own hands. Using just two off-the-shelf woven runners ($125 each) and supplies from a home center, here's what she did.


Steps // How to Install a Low-Cost Stair Runner
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Staying Centered

 
Step One // How to Install a Low-Cost Stair Runner

Staying Centered

painter's tape used to mark the stairs to center the easy to install stair runner

Jaime used painter's tape to make sure the runner would be centered on the stairs.

 
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Padding

 
Step Two // How to Install a Low-Cost Stair Runner

Padding

padding cut as an underlayment for this easy to install stair runner

She cut padding—a thin sheet of felt usually sold as underlayment for laminate flooring—into rectangles slightly narrower than the width of the runner.

 
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Adhering to Detail

 
Step Three // How to Install a Low-Cost Stair Runner

Adhering to Detail

padding adhered with double sided carpet tape  for this easy to install stair runner

She adhered the padding to the treads with blue double-sided carpet tape, pulling the felt over the nose of each step. Then she added more carpet tape for the runner.

 
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One Step at a Time

 
Step Four // How to Install a Low-Cost Stair Runner

One Step at a Time

affixing the runner step by step for this easy to install stair runner

Starting from the top, Jaime affixed the runner, securing it with staples in the corners of each tread and along the top and bottom edges. She used a painter's 5-in-1 tool to smooth the runner over the steps' risers and finished it off with square upholstery tacks.

 
 
 

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