Carpet runner on stairs

The stair runner can be described as a piece of Carpet that does not cover the width of the stairs. The stair runner is usually installed over hardwood stairs or tiles. The runner is available in various colors, patterns, and widths.

Why add a stair runner?

There are many reasons to add a runner to a stairway. Safety is one of the more common and obvious reasons. The wood or tiled steps can be slippery and dangerous, especially if pets, children, or people with mobility problems are in the house.

A runner will reduce the risk by allowing you to walk up and down the stairs safely. It also provides comfort with the Carpet beneath your feet. Carpet absorbs sound much better than hard surfaces, so adding an extra runner makes trips up and down stairs quieter.

A stair runner is a great way to add style. The staircase with a runner can be a stunning focal point for your home. But it would help if you chose the proper runner.

You have two choices when choosing a stair runner: a premade runner with a pattern or a custom-made runner. The latter is often made from broadloom.

Stairs width

A common question when considering a stairway is how wide the carpet runner should be. This will depend on how wide your staircase is.

We recommend a 27-inch runner for stairs up to 3 feet wide. This width provides good coverage, so you don’t have to worry about walking on a narrow strip. It is also not too vast that it overwhelms the stairs.

A 32- or 33-inch runner will work well for wider stairs, such as those of 4 or 5 feet. It will allow a lot of space on each side, and the size of the stair will not affect it.

Carpet Types

The stair runner is bound to be subjected to heavy foot traffic. The best stair runners are flatwoven or low-pile rugs. Low-pile and flatwoven rugs are the best because they are easier to install and do not have a crushable pile. Avoid shags and high pile carpeting when choosing stair runners. Heels or other items could get caught in the fibers, causing a trip hazard. Choose a weave made of natural or synthetic fibers, wool blends, or wool for durability.

A custom-made runner made from broadloom is often cheaper than buying a premade one. You can purchase a discounted remnant and have it cut to size. The runner is cut to your specifications, and the edges are finished with binding or serging.


The patterns are stunning and have a wide range of designs and colors. You’ll want to make sure the way works on the stairs. Consider these factors:

Geometric Patterns: Certain precise and linear geometric designs, such as squares and diamonds, perform better on long flat surfaces like hallway runners. The patterns may not work well if folded and bent over the stairway. This is especially important if you have a winding or curved staircase.

Non-geometric designs: Abstracts or floral patterns found in Oriental Rugs are good choices for stair designs. These patterns don’t need to be matched precisely like geometrics, and they create a beautiful finished look.

Scale: Smaller patterns work best as a stair runner. Large prints can look distorted and unbalanced, especially around bends.

Subtle Patterns If you like a refined style cut and loop, then a broadloom is a perfect choice.

The following are some examples of

Stair runners can be decorated with rods as an option. The metal rod is attached at the rear of the staircase, where the riser meets the tread. The rod does not hold the runner. Installers can use tackless or staples to install the runner. The ends of the rods are usually decorated with finials to enhance the overall appearance.

The carpet runner, although a small piece, still needs an underpad. It is best to use a thin cushion under the carpet runner so it does not raise the runner’s height. It should be thick to support the runner and prevent the Carpet from flexing too much.

Under a stair runner, a pad with a quarter-inch thickness will work well. The rubber pad is a great option to use under a runner. It’s firm and dense. Cushions should be narrower than runners to ensure that the runner is seated tightly against the stairs and to prevent the underpad from being visible.


Measuring stairs accurately is difficult because they have many different surfaces, including curves, angles, and landings. If you want the best fit and installation for your custom staircase, or if it is outside the standard range of sizes, hiring a professional carpet installer will be the best option.

Carpet professionals can also create a stair runner according to your specifications. Don’t assume that you need to find a remnant in a narrow, long size. The runners are only attached to the stairs at a time. Even premade stair runners must be cut apart to fit the stairs. If you have a remnant of Carpet or a small piece, they will be cut into pieces that can be fitted end-to-end to create the illusion of a seamless runner.

Carpet Stair Treads

Installed by DIYers, stair treads are rectangular pieces of non-skid material (Carpet or Vinyl) placed across the horizontal surface. Some styles feature lips extending over a stair’s nose (or edge) for protection and coverage. You can purchase them in packs to cover all the steps of your staircase. The treads can be easily removed (depending on how they are installed). Some types have a rubber backing to provide stability.