How to Fit Stair Runners

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Stair runners are pieces of carpet or other material used to protect and adorn stairs. They are narrower than the steps and generally have even amounts of space showing on either side for looks.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Low pin grippers 1/2 inch narrower than the runner on each side
  • Hammer
  • Carpet nails
  • Padding or underlay

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Affix the grippers on the back of the flat part of the step and the bottom of the vertical part with your hammer and carpet nails. Center the gripper -- it should be in the same place on every stair.

  2. 2

    Lay the padding so that the edges come up to the edges of the grippers. Tuck it behind the top of the grippers.

  3. 3

    Lay the runner, working from bottom to top. Tuck the edge of the carpet under the bottom of the gripper on the flat part of the step, and pull it tightly.

  4. 4

    Press the carpet into the gripper. Continue to the vertical part of the step, tucking the runner onto the gripper. At the top step, tuck the edge of the carpet into the bottom of the last piece of gripper.

  5. 5

    Check that there are no wrinkles or puckers in the runner. Hammer down the tacks on the grippers.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask someone to help hold the runner taut as you work up the stairs.

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