How to install Carpet Runner on Stairs

November 9, 2010 by
Filed under: Carpet Runner 

I made a short video to help other homeowners like myself lay a carpet runner on stairs. I could not find any other useful videos on the net so I figured I would make one as I went along. I am not a pro and there are probably some better techniques out there but I hope this helps out do-it-yourselfers. If you have a better way post a video do not leave a smart ass comment. Thanks.

Video Rating: 5 / 5

This is what is involved in fitting a Carpet Runner on a staircase.


22 Comments on How to install Carpet Runner on Stairs

  1. oshilig on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 2:51 am

    great video, among the best DIY resource for installing a runner on stairs that I found. The nails don’t show, even the ones on the rise, or run. Had to sort of dig the stapler into the carpet, and sometimes hammer them down – but this worked well. Thanks for the great resource! @sinner24, better change your buisness model. Doesn’t make sense to be proprietary over public knowledge – sorry!

  2. Paparexi on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 3:20 am

    @lorney010 I am pretty sure you did not read the header. Post a video smart ass. Any jerk off can post a comment. Take the time as I did, or do you not know what your talking BOUT?.

  3. sinner24 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 4:02 am

    @Paparexi i know it works for you but that doesnt mean its right and no i wont be posting a video showing the skills i’ve learned over the years for free…i charge, sorry if i offended you

  4. Paparexi on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 4:08 am

    @sinner24 This works for me. You should do a video showing the “right” technique, this is youtube. Let me know when you upload it.

  5. sinner24 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 4:08 am

    you’ve got the prep for the carpet right but the actual installation is done wrong and never use a nail gun to secure the carpet….imagine if there was no bullnose on the steps…the nails would totaly show…also the nailgun would be useless on marble or stone steps

  6. adammmiles on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 5:00 am

    Great video. Thanks for posting this!

  7. scarylouish on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 5:29 am

    thank you for these instructions

  8. celliott100 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 6:11 am

    Very nicely done. Good, clear instructions. THANKS!

  9. dnanjela on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 6:48 am

    good!!!i´ll try to do it aswell!!!thx!!!!!

  10. carpetman0142 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 7:32 am

    i have been fitting carpets for over 15 years and am a approved fitter of the NICF
    so i know when you fit stair carpet you should fit from the bottom and work your way up, this will make shore the carpet is tight and unlike your video you wouldn’t see the underlay . but if you are a master fitter you will know this, sorry mate not being funny just my comment..

  11. lukeseers22 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 8:07 am

    abgheft nicf master fitter is the ultimate title for a carpet fiiter you have to do 2 courses before you can apply for the master fiiter course and when you are a master fitter thats when you can charge whatever you want because to be a master fitter is the ultimate goal

  12. abgheft on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 8:29 am

    Do any of you know what an nicf master fitter is…..??

  13. bluewolfe96 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 8:32 am

    This is a very british way of fitting a runner,i do it myself ( for ease) although as said by someone the carpet really should be fitted under the stair nose or at least the underlay should only just cover the nosing. I personally keep the gripper 1 – 2″ smaller than the runner and this lets it sit better and looks much better. I wouldnt be happy paying for this job and this appears to be a stairods advert…mmmm

  14. 3jok1ero3 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 9:15 am

    shit looks ugly…srry

  15. hilipopnews on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 9:26 am

    nice fitting but take the felt just over the nosing then its hidden 🙂

  16. NESS1967 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 9:52 am

    thats crap in fairness,,,,,,shud be upholstered under the nosing ,,,so you dnt see that big gap between the runner and stair,even the underlay visable,,,,,,,did ya tie your horse up outside ya cowboy,,,check out the pics on ma bebo site to see how it should be done way the easybind instalation

  17. hottubbenny on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 10:19 am

    not great seeing the underlay from the side! id like to see you fit it on winders?

  18. megas26 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 10:23 am

    carpet and carpet runners are meant to be laid on stairs from the bottom step up and using a knee kicker to stretch the carpet.if a stretcher was used on this application,u probably wouldnt see the underlay that is under the carpet.or cut the underlay enough to cover just the lip on the step and not the whole raiser.

  19. johnrraine on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 11:07 am

    good point…. but we built the stair with an extended nosing as we were going to do an upholstered stair rather than a waterfalll…(the USA) way….to overcome the problem just notch out the underlay on the riser so you cant see it…

  20. j1e2f3f4r5e6y7 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 12:04 pm

    Correct patfahy33 and on side of steps you see underlay underneath not good enough

  21. johnrraine on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 12:49 pm

    I think they look good…. especially along a top landing… with studs you can continue the runner look on the 1/4 and 1/2 landings rather than fully fitting… not sure about your idea of glueing? What about the underlay?
    On the top landing, it looks better than a naplock or turning the carpet over and tacking…

  22. patfahy33 on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 12:53 pm

    them studs on half landing look shit dst or spray underneath would look better

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