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How do I install a wood stair nose over carpet?

Updated April 17, 2017

Installing a wood stair nose over your carpet provides a strong and decorative finish over the front portion of your staircase. This is the area where the riser meets the tread. The nose helps protect the edge of your stairs from wear and tear. If you have a carpeted stairway, this helps improve traction.

Check the nosing of your staircase carefully. Your stair nose may have a rounded, bullnose or square profile. Make sure that your stair thread has the same profile as the nosing to provide a secure fit.

Measure the exact width of each stair. Transfer the dimensions to the stair edging and mark the right measurements at the back of every piece.

Cut each trim length. Mark these at the back of every section in order to guide the cuts. Do not combine different or multiple pieces of trip to cover one stair. Use your full-length single piece for every stair to come up with a safer and clearer appearance.

Place each trim section over the respective stair. Hold your edging tight to your stair nosing. Predrill the holes for your fasteners. Predrill the holes on all fastener locations on your edging.

Screw your trim to your stairs with the fasteners. Use the wood screws if there are no fasteners provided. Install the fasteners at the predrilled holes on each trim, or at every interval indicated in your manufacturer's installation instructions.

Install the cover plate at the top of each nose piece to cover your fasteners. The cover may click or snap in place depending on the edging type. Some models' backing is self-adhesive, allowing the user to secure them to the nose directly. Align the cover plate accurately.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Hacksaw
  • Electric driller
  • 5 cm (2 inch) wood screws
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Based in Princeton, N.J., Jim Stewart has been writing travel- and business-related articles since 1987. His work has appeared in “Inc.” and “Business 2.0” magazines and online at Wired. Stewart received the John Goldenberg Award in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University in Ohio.