Carpet Runners

A runner carpet is great for stairs

Here's a great way to spice up a stairway: install carpet runners. These practical and very stylish products are a great addition to any staircase. However, not a lot is known about the average carpet runner. Here, we will introduce you to the idea of using staircase runners in your home.

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Okay, so you've just moved into a new home and it's got wooden stairs. You've got small children or an elderly parent in your home and you're worried, naturally, that those wood stairs might prove slippery, leading to a nasty accident. What should you do?

Install a stair carpet runner. Of course, there's more to it than that.

Important tips when choosing a carpet runner

For one, you will want to consider the color and design for your runner carpet. Take a look around the staircase -- what color are the walls? What design can be found on any area rugs located near the foot of the staircase? Make sure your choice matches up.

Second, make sure to measure the width of the staircase. A nice, clean look involves covering most of the width of the staircase with your stair runner carpet, but leaving the edges exposed. This offers a stylish look but still offers the traction required of a staircase runner. Here's a guideline: try to leave about three inches exposed on each side of the runner.

Third, the best option for a carpet runner is a flat-weave rather than cut-pile carpet. The latter offers less traction and can wear along the edges over time.

Fourth, consider how much traffic the staircase is going to receive. If the answer is a lot, then you might consider dark carpet colors for your runner. You may also want to consider spending a bit extra on a runner if it's going to see a lot of action. You really don't want to have to go about the hassle of replacing a runner every couple years.

Finally, you can add some accessories to your stair runner in the form of brushed steel or chrome stair rods, which keep the runner in place and add a classy touch.