Stair carpet: a spring treat for your staircase
We’ve written previously about how rugs can complement hard surface floors: how fabulous they can look, how they absorb noise, add comfort, provide warmth and create areas which “ground” the furniture.
Now it’s the turn of the stairs for consideration.
The stair runner – classy compromise between carpeted or hard surface staircase
Choosing suitable flooring for stairs can be tricky. They rise up above eye level as you walk in through most hallways — literally staring you and your visitors in the face.
Rising from a beautiful hard floor surface, a fully carpeted staircase can look plain wrong.
Whilst stripped wood can of course really show off the beautiful grain of the wood from which your staircase has been crafted, and painted stairs can appear both elegant and simple.
But a hard floor surface for the stairs which take such a lot of traffic can be just too clattery, whether it’s the vacuum cleaner being bashed over a step or two going up, or somebody thumping down the stairs in a hurry to catch the bus!
Meanwhile carpet is of course so much kinder for bare or slippered feet!
Carpet runners for stairs — the best of both worlds
Like a rug, but for your stairs
A stair runner could be the classic and classy plus modern and creative solution you’ve been searching for.
A smart and stylish stair runner can extend the look and feel of a predominantly hard surface ground floor and show off the staircase itself too, whilst extending seamlessly to upstairs which in most homes will be carpeted.
A stair runner is a strip of carpet fitted to the middle of your staircase. Unlike the fully carpeted option, runners aren’t as wide as your steps — leaving some of the wood visible at the edge of each step.
Like a rug on a hard floor, you get the simple and stylish look of paint or varnish combined with the quiet comfort underfoot and stylish woven patterns that only carpet can offer.
Staircases can get the rough treatment, so you need a carpet that can take the hits and still go on looking beautiful.
Fortunately, you don’t have to guess which carpets are tough enough. Our supplier Alternative Flooring has a range of carpets recommended for stairs and landings because of their durability.
Stylish options for stairs
But whilst you want your stair runner to last a long time, the staircase is also a place where you can show off a bit of flamboyance if you fancy!
If you want a style that will endure as well as a durable runner, a striped carpet is always a popular choice. That’s because stripes work well with the angles of a staircase and you achieve spectacular results.
On the other hand if you want to make a statement, it’s also perfectly permissible to go a bit mad with your stair runner! It doesn’t have to match everything else, consider it more like wall art!
Rolling out a runner for spring
Our supplier Alternative Flooring has a host of fabulous styles for spring including their new “Authentic Lucienne” collection.
“Quirky by name and definitely quirky by nature, our new fashionable British crafted collection of carpet runners takes its cue from true Brit style. An on trend range of runners for stairs and hallways, packed with pattern, full of colour, designed with bravado and boasting a hip mix of styles.”
The practicalities – whipping and selvedge/selvage!
Whipping is the process of making the edges of a carpet or rug look neat by binding them and stops the edges of your carpet runner fraying over time – exactly as with a rug.
A selvage (sometimes spelt selvedge) is a tightly woven edge of a fabric which prevents the side edges of the fabric from unravelling or fraying. Many stair runners come with the selvage included as part of the width of the runner.
Fitting your stair carpet
Measuring and fitting carpet in the most economical way can be tricky, even more so when it comes to stairs. Our floor fitting service will solve that problem by coming and taking all the measurements for you and fitting with the appropriate adhesive and grippers.
By the way if you’re laying carpet elsewhere in your home as well, your stair runner can even be fitted economically by making it from an offcut.
The finishing touch: stair rods
Consider adding a finishing touch with something extra stylish, like stair rods. These decorative metal batons sit at the base of each step. Plus, they do more than keeping your stair runner in place, as they’ll also add a final flourish to your new staircase.
Call in for a chat!
As ever we’re here to help with all your decision making, so pop in
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