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DIY Stair Runner Installation

Here at Natural Stair Runners Online, we offer professional fitting services, but if you would like to go DYI, here's how to do it:

The easiest way to install a stair runner is to directly staple it onto your stairs. We also suggest using a stair rod to further secure the runner, and to make the final output more aesthetically pleasing.

The tools you need are the following:
Meter Stick
Tape Measure
Utility Knife

STEP 1. Prep your Stairs.
Clean your stairs with a broom or a vacuum cleaner.

STEP 2. Create a clean edge for your Stair Runner.
Once you have purchased your stair runner from us, lay it out on a flat floor and use an ordinary square to draw a straight line a half inch from the end of the carpet. Lay your meter stick along the line you just drew, and cut your carpet along the stick, using your utility knife. This ensures that the edge of the carpet is straight and clean.

STEP 3. Determine the Stair Runner's starting point.
Using a tape measure, measure the width of your tread in meters. Divide the width by 2 to determine the centerpoint of your stair tread. Divide the width of your stair runner by 2 as well. The standard width of our stair runners is 0.55 m so 0.55m divided by 2 is 0.275m. Subtract the 2 values to determine the stair runner's starting point.

To illustrate - if:
Width of Tread = 0.75 m / 2 = 0.375 m
Width of Stair Runnr = 0.55 m / 2 = 0.275 m
Starting Point of Stair Runner (0.375 m - 0.275 m) = 0.1 m from the end of each tread

Mark the starting points of each tread with a pencil.

STEP 4. Start attaching the carpet from the top of the stairs.
Place the carpet on the starting point. Make sure that the carpet is laid neatly and that there are no bubbles or creases. Using a staple gun, tack the carpet across the upper side of the topmost riser. Staple every 3 inches across the riser.

STEP 5. Let the rest of the runner flow down each riser and onto each tread until the foot of the staircase.

STEP 6. Loosely attach the stair rods.
To keep the runner in place, place a stair rod on each step, where the tread meets the riser. Drill a hole on the floor, where the stair rod's screw must be attached. Loosely screw the rod into place so you can still adjust later.

STEP 7. Tuck the runner under the nose of the tread.
Staple every 3 inches to secure the carpet in place. Unscrew and remove the stair rod of that step. Staple every 3 inches at the point where the tread meets the riser. Put the stair rod back in its place, this time tightly screwing it.

STEP 8. Repeat Step 7 until you reach the end of your stair case.

STEP 9. Cut any excess carpet from the base of the bottommost riser.
Staple the stair carpet runner every 3 inches onto the last riser.

Note that these instructions are suitable for straight staircases. Curved/spiral staircases are another story, and are best fitted by professionals.

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