Matching stair carpets to laminate flooring can be challenging. It is advisable to have carpeting on stairs to dull the sounds from people walking up and down stairs and also, because carpeted stairs are less slippery underfoot. Many modern homes have laminate flooring both at the top and bottom of the stairs for a smooth and uncluttered look. Special care should be taken when matching carpeted stairs to laminate flooring.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Carpet gripper bar
- Stanley or carpet knife
- Wooden block
Cut the carpet gripper bar length to the width of the stairs, and the width of the bar to 2 inches (The distance between the carpet and the laminated floor should measure 2 inches). File any sharp edges from the bar. Ensure that the floor is clean and flat, because mistakes made when measuring the distance can produce poor results.
Lay the cut carpet gripper bar under the edge of the carpet near the stairs. Ensure that the bar does not go too far under the carpet to avoid issues. Use a pencil to mark the right position of the end of the bar. Insert screws in the pencil mark on the carpet using a drill.
Place the straightedge on top of the carpet a distance of a ¼ inches away from the bar lying below the carpet. Use the straightedge to ensure that the bar is lying parallel. This process is important to avoid parts of the floor not exactly matching the carpet.
Cut the border of the carpet off by using the Stanley knife and running it along the edge of the straightedge. Cut slowly and carefully to ensure the cut is clean and straight.
Extend the edge of the carpet to the point where it touches the bar. Push the end of the carpet until it goes below the top edge of the bar. Use a chisel to ensure that the end of the carpet goes far enough over the bar, to the screws placed previously.
Place a wooden block on top of the bar to protect from hammering. Knock hard on the top edge of the bar using a hammer. The wooden block helps to spread the amount of force coming from the hammer to avoid damage to small areas.
Tips and warnings
- For the most effective results, use galvanized screws instead of ordinary screws to punch through the bar. Galvanized screws unlike regular screws are free from corrosion and are always sharp. It is advisable to use a long straightedge to ensure that the bar is at a regular parallel distance from the straightedge throughout.
- Failure to push the edge of the carpet to touch the screws would leave a portion of the floor not matching the carpet. Hammering the bar directly without the use of the wooden block causes damage to the bar and possibly the floor, because of too much force to one area.
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