How to Keep a Runner from Moving on a Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Carpet runners not only add an element of design to the home, they also are meant to protect the carpet along high traffic areas of the home, such as in a hallway. However, if your runner slips and slides, it is a potential safety hazard. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among the elderly. But young or old, anybody can fall and injure himself on a runner that does not stay put, so secure your runner to your carpet to help keep your home safe for you, your family and visitors.

Turn the runner upside down and put strips of double-sided sticky carpet tape made for this purpose along the edges of the runner.

Take off the backing of the double sided carpet tape to expose the second sticky side.

Flip over the runner, place it where you want it and press down on the taped areas to adhere it securely in place.

Check your runners every six months or so to be sure the carpet tape is still securely keeping your runner in place. Gently tug the runner to make sure it doesn’t move. Replace the carpet tape as needed.


Alternatively, buy a piece of rubber carpet matting, available where carpets are sold, and place it under the runner to keep it in place. Measure your runner and have the store cut you a piece to fit under it.

Things You'll Need

  • Carpet tape
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Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.