How to carpet stair treads to reduce noise

Updated February 21, 2017

Stairs such as hardwood can be noisy if they're not carpeted. If you want to reduce the noise but still showcase the wood, consider carpeting the treads only. Stair-tread carpets have adhesive backing for ease of installation, removal and replacement. In addition to reducing noise, they will increase the safety of your stairs by providing a nonslip surface.

Mix floor cleaner with water in a bucket, following product directions.

Wash the stair treads thoroughly with a clean cloth and the prepared cleaning solution. A clean surface is important for carpet adhesion. Let the stairs dry before you proceed.

Remove the adhesive backing on one of the carpet treads. Center it over the bottom tread. Press it firmly into place on the stair tread.

Continue up the stairs, covering one tread at a time. Wait 24 hours before allowing heavy use of the stairs, as the adhesive needs time to set completely.


Select a carpet colour that will complement the colours in the staircase.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Floor cleaner
  • Clean rag
  • Towel
  • Carpet treads
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Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.