the beauty of stair runners

If you’re searching for the right floor covering for your stairs, a stair runner could be the classic, yet creative, solution you’ve been searching for.

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.

That’s why it’s important to get the design, material and fit just right.

consider this when deciding whether to fit stair carpet

Many steps make for many options.

  1. Stripped wood can really show off the beautiful grain of the wood your staircase has been crafted from
  2. Painted stairs can appear both elegant and simple
  3. Finally, there’s the warmth, comfort and style of stair carpet


Stairs take a lot of traffic. Who hasn’t bashed their vacuum cleaner over a step or two going up, or thumped down the stairs when running out of the house?

If you’re thinking of stripping back you need to ask yourself:
“By going carpet-free am I risking turning all that bare wood into a drum kit?”

carpet runners for stairs — the best of both worlds

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How do you choose between carpet and the stripped back look?

The simple answer is, don’t!

This is one of those rare occasions where you can have your cake and eat it. Take advantage of both options, without compromising on style, with a stair carpet runner.

like a rug, but for your stairs

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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.

whip those edges into shape

Whipping is the process of making the carpet edges look neat by binding them. It also stops the edges of your carpet runner fraying over time.

If you’re laying carpet elsewhere in your home, we can plan your stair runner fitting economically by making it from an offcut. Alternatively, you can choose a full width carpet and we’ll cut it to size for you.


The things to think about when choosing your stair runner carpet


Function: durability
Staircases can get the rough treatment, so you need to fit 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. Take a look at our range of carpets online or in store — each one recommended for stairs and landings because of their durability.
Carpet also cushions your every step and as a result, softens the sounds you and your family make when charging up and down.


Form: consider striped carpet for stairs
Of course you want your stair runner to last a long time. But you also want to pick a carpet with a style that’s as enduring as it is durable.
Whether fitted as a runner, or full width, striped carpet is always a popular choice. That’s because stripes work well with the angles of a staircase and you achieve spectacular results.
Instead of imagining what it could look like why not try out our Visualiser tool? You can experiment with a wide range of patterns and styles and you can even upload a picture of your own home.


Measuring and fitting carpet in the most economical way can be tricky, even more so when it comes to stairs. We’ve created a helpful fitting guide to steer you through your project.
We also offer a professional floor fitting service where one of our experts will turn up and take all the measurements for you — we particularly recommend this service for halls, stairs and landings.

stair rods, carpet grippers and more

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If you’re fitting your carpet yourself we have a range of handy accessories, like carpet adhesive and grippers to help you get the job done.

And why not add 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.

get dreaming!

For more ideas on styles and designs, why not take a look at Pinterest or Instagram for some inspiration? When you’re ready to get started we’re here to help you get your project off the ground, whether in store or online.

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