What are Your Stair Carpeting Options?

Thinking about stair carpeting options? It might not seem like the most glamorous or interesting of home renovation considerations, but you do need to take the time to understand what works and what doesn’t. That’s why we’ve put together this quick and easy guide.

Thinking about stair carpeting options? It might not seem like the most glamorous or interesting of home renovation considerations, but you do need to take the time to understand what works and what doesn’t. That’s why we’ve put together this quick and easy guide.

To Thine Own Staircase Be True

Most people don’t take this into consideration, but the truth is that the basic geometry of your stairs makes a huge difference when it comes to picking out a carpet.

Here’s a basic overview to get yourself caught up:

  • Box Stair: Between two walls with no open areas or spindles.

  • Decorative Stair Rod: Rods with motif finials that do not hold carpet to stair.

  • Floating: Stairs without risers, usually found in contemporary homes.

  • Hollywood: Tightly upholstered under the nose. Another contemporary favorite.

  • Newel post: Uses a post at the foot of the stairs or landing.

  • Open End Roll Runner: Uses a finished runner without end borders.

  • Over the Rise: Carpet ends at the crotch of the stair.

  • Over the Nose: Carpet ends just over the nose of the stair.

  • Rolled Edge: The edge is rolled over.

  • Pie Stair: A triangular shaped stair that makes a 90-degree turn in place of a landing.

  • Serged Edge: Edge is finished with a whipping yarn, generally of wool.

  • Spindles: Narrow posts or rods support the banister or handrail.

  • Upholstered/Wrapped: Carpeted over the side or the side “nose.”

  • Waterfall: The carpet falls smoothly over each step.

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Further Considerations

As you peruse your stair carpeting options, keep the following factors in mind:

  • Appearance: Many people worry about seeing the backing, but that’s only a problem with low-grade products. Keep the pile running from top to bottom. Remember that very thick or shaggy carpet will be a problem.

  • Installation: Waterfall involves bending the carpet over the edge of the stair. It’s fast and easy. The French cap method wraps the carpet around the edge before tucking it under the lip. It takes more time and skill, but the look is more finished.

  • Quality: Stair carpeting might seem a place where you can cut back on cost, but keep in mind that foot traffic will very high. If you can, opt for high-quality carpet.

Contact Us Today for More Stair Carpeting Advice

Having been a trusted supplier to Wheaton, Naperville, and Lisle families for decades, we’re often asked about stair carpeting options. As ever, we’re always happy to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.


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