Carpet companies like ours get frequent requests for stair runners, and these are the ideal way of adding texture and ambience to your staircase and entry way. After all, who doesn’t like a soft, luxurious feeling underfoot when you’re going up and down the stairs?
Types of Stair Cases
The initial consideration when you decide to install carpeting is the type of stairs themselves. The most common type of staircase is a straight up-and-down one, which usually has 12 to 13 steps, and often you can get pre-made stair runners or carpet remnants to use on this type of staircase.
The next type of staircase most frequently found, especially in smaller homes with less overall space, is a staircase with a landing. This is usually around two-thirds of the way up, although it varies depending on the age of construction. These typically have a total of around 15 steps, with a landing that spans twice the width of the staircase.
Stairs with “pie turns” are the most unusual, and these need to be measured professionally before installing stair runners. An experienced flooring company can often quote for an installation based on photos, but for pie turns it’s essential for the installer to get accurate measurements to ensure the carpet is cut at the correct angles. If you choose patterned carpeting, you also want the design to match up, and measurements helps to achieve this.
As with any other type of carpet, stair runners come in a multitude of different materials. Choosing the right one for your home requires some careful thought.
- Wool – this is the carpeting material most often chosen (and most frequently recommended) for stair cases, for several reasons: It’s naturally durable, which in a high traffic area like a staircase is an obvious requirement. The flatter your pile, the longer it will last and keep looking good on stairs. The downside of wool is that it’s one of the most expensive materials, and the more unusual the color or design the higher the price tag is likely to be.
- Wool blend – the wool is often blended with synthetic components such as polyester or nylon. This makes it stronger, while keeping the softness of the wool. The use of less wool combined with cheaper materials also decreases the price, which helps to make it more affordable.
- Synthetic materials – stair runners made from nylon, polyester, polypropylene and others are much tougher than natural fabrics. They are also usually easier to dye, so if you’re looking for a pattern these are a better option. They also have the benefit of being easy to spot clean, and they last just as long as wool runners do.
- Natural fibers – this type of fabric includes sisal and jute, which are excellent options for runners. Sisal can be particularly rough textured, but on stairs it’s acceptable. Both materials give your home a natural, casual look and also cost less than wool. Sisal’s disadvantage is the difficulty of spot cleaning, which tends to leave water marks on the rugs.
The most important aspect of choosing material for your stair runners is the way it fits the stairs. This determines both how it looks and feels, and fabric that doesn’t fit well can make your staircase look untidy.
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