Q: How do I install carpet on stairs?
A: We recommend working with an experienced professional installer, so your carpet is measured and installed properly. Stairs can be straight or curved, but the installer can make necessary adjustments to ensure your custom carpet or runner looks great.
Q: How do I choose flooring for stairs?
A: This can be overwhelming at first, but it can be narrowed down by answering a few key questions. What is your household lifestyle? Do you have high foot traffic with children and pets? Will you be wearing shoes on the carpet? Once these points are taken into consideration, you can narrow down the best flooring for your stairs. Our Stair Runner resource page can help.
Q: Which is the best carpet for stairs?
A: If you have high foot traffic on your stairs, we suggest a synthetic flooring like our Paddington or Sydney or a gorgeous carpet from our SynSisal® Collection. These options are easy to keep clean, resist staining and are all very durable. If you have low traffic stairs, like stairs going up to a bedroom or only adults live in the house, we recommend a wool or natural fiber floor covering.
Q: How do I know if I can have my carpet wall-to-wall or bound or serged?
A: Once your installer has a thorough look at your stairs, this can be determined. If you want to put carpet on wood flooring, it is nice to keep some wood exposed for aesthetics. The installer will either bind or hand serge the carpet on the width edge. This looks best on straight staircases. If your stairs are curved, options include having it installed wall-to-wall or hand serged. It often comes down to the condition of the wood flooring underneath and how much you want to show.
Q: Is padding necessary for carpeting stairs?
A: This truly depends on the foot traffic on your stairs. We suggest padding if there is heavy foot traffic. Padding will definitely increase the longevity of your floor covering.