Hallway, Stairs & Landing Flooring Buying Guide

Picking the right flooring for your hallway, stairs and landing will depend massively on your own personal tastes and styles, as well as if you have any children or pets.

These areas are all used regularly in the home so any choice should be fully functional while complementing the existing interior style of your property and fitting your lifestyle.

1. What are the different choices for hall, stairs & landing flooring?

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Hall, Landing & Stairs Carpets

First impressions are everything when entering a home, and the hall and stairs flooring is often one of the first things that is seen when the door opens. With plenty of designs and styles available from sleek cut pile to luxurious deep pile, practicality must also play a part in the decision.

Given the high rates of use that the hall, landing and stairs in your home can potentially see, carpets are a popular choice to provide comfort while insulating against noise. Combining luxury and elegance, cut pile carpets are better suited to stairs and in homes with pets thanks to their resilience and functionality.

2. How do you choose flooring for a hallway, landing or stairs?

There is plenty of choice when it comes to picking a flooring for a hallway, landing and stairs; from soft carpets to hard-wearing laminate and vinyl options.

Carpets provide added comfort underfoot and are recommended for anyone with children or pets – it provides more grip and reduces the likelihood of slips and falls. Laminate and vinyl options meanwhile can be easily cleaned and cared for.

Can you use laminate flooring on stairs?

Laminate is a fantastic option for stair flooring as it is exceptionally practical and can be installed with a minimum of fuss. Simplistic designs can match with any decor while it can be easily cleaned when needed.

Opting for laminate flooring might produce more noise when using the stairs compared to carpet but is remains a sensible option given how often stairs are used in a home. Laminate is tough and adaptable while textured laminates are available to reduce the likelihood of slips and falls.

Which flooring choice is the easiest to install on stairs?

Regardless of which flooring option you pick for the stairs in your home, it is possible to install them without too much fuss. The tools required are very basic and many can be found in a regular tool kit.

Alternatively, you could opt to have a professional install your flooring for you in order to result in a top quality finish.

Why is laminate flooring a good choice for a hallway?

Laminate flooring is exceptionally durable which makes it an ideal choice for one of the busiest rooms in the home. It can be easily installed, while designs can be chosen to match any existing decor.

Laminate is also very easy to clean, which makes it a popular choice for parents with young children who may have concerns overs stains and spills.

Is carpet a traditional choice for a hallway?

Carpet is viewed as the traditional choice of flooring in a hallway as it is capable of handling a large amount of traffic, while providing a great deal of comfort underfoot.

Carpets are hard wearing, functional and sturdy, and they are capable of lasting for a considerable amount of time – even if the surrounding decor does not. As a result, it has long been a popular choice for people when looking for hallway flooring.


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3. How do you install flooring on stairs?

When installing stair flooring, the method used will vary depending on the type of flooring that you opt for. Carpet, laminate and vinyl can all be used, but each should be installed differently. Basic household supplies including measuring tape, adhesive and surface cleansing chemicals will likely be required when installing.


To install carpet on to stairs, tacking strips must be added to the stairs to help keep the carpet in place. These will be positioned at the back of the tread (the horizontal part of the stair) with the nails pointing in towards the rise (the vertical part of the stair) and near the base of the riser with the nails pointing downwards.Known as the waterfall method, it provides a modern finish and works best with carpets that have smaller patterns.

Alternatively, another method of installing carpet involves running the carpet down the riser and across the tread before tightly wrapping it around the nosing at the front edge of the step. It will then be held in place using an electric stapler to tack the carpet on the underside of the nosing of the treads.


Most laminate flooring designs slot together to make the process of installation straightforward. Laminate should be installed from the top step working downwards as this avoids standing on any freshly laid flooring until the adhesive has dried. The two tread pieces should be laid initially before the riser is slotted in between – the stair nosing which provides the overhang will then be added last to cover the joint where the two pieces meet.

4. Hallway, Stairs & Landing Flooring Care Advice

The approaches taken to caring for your hallways, stairs and landing areas will depend on the type of flooring that is chosen.

Carpets should be regularly vacuumed to remove dust and debris, while having it professionally cleaned can help to maintain its colour and comfort.

Laminate flooring should be kept clean and dry to ensure safety – washing regularly with warm soapy water is the best way to do this, but it’s important to check any cleaning products to ensure they won’t damage your vinyl or laminate. Excess water should be mopped up too, as these flooring solutions do not absorb water. Instead of wetting thoroughly, use a damp cloth or well wrung out mop instead.

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5. Hallway, Stairs & Landing Flooring Safety Advice

The stairs in your home are one of the areas where you are most likely to fall or slip up, so looking after your flooring here is essential.

Take your time when on or near stairs and make sure any spillages or liquids are quickly dealt to reduce the likelihood of slipping. Always read the labels of any cleaning products to ensure they can be used with the flooring that you have in your home and are safe for your family and pets.

All carpets should be thoroughly secured and should not move or slide underfoot while stairs should always be kept clear of boxes or other items.

If adding rugs, make sure they are positioned safely and have rubber backs or are slip resistant.

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