How to Install a Stairway Carpet
A stairway carpet runner is used for increasing the beauty of your staircase. There are amazing and beautiful stairway carpet runners available in the market that can help you setting up your stairway according to theme of your room. They can be installed in the centre of the stairs or you can also go for covering your stairs completely. Installing stair runner is not different from installing carpet on floor, but it needs to be handled and covered carefully as it has angles.
– Carpet runner
– Carpet pad
– Tackless strip
– Electric stapler
Measure the stairs before buying a carpet runner. Take measurement tape and mark the size of tread from inside and outside. Carpet runner also covers riser, so add the size of riser too. Once you are finished measuring the stairway, buy the carpet by increasing two or three inches more in the actual size you measured. You can use pieces of old carpet for padding, carpet pads will not get attached on the riser so you do not need more carpet for fulfilling this purpose.
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You will need to fix tackless strips at the edges of tread and riser in order to give your carpet perfect grip on stairs. Cut the strips a few inches smaller than tread and then hammer nails on the strips. Fix the carpet pads that should be one-fourth inch smaller than the actual size of tread and cover down the riser for two to three more inches. Get the padding stapled with electric stapler.
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Start installing the carpet runner from the top of the staircase, use carpet glue to stick it first on the treads. You have to staple the carpet at bottom of each riser every three inches away. Now try fixing the runner into the edges of riser and tread, for doing this appropriately you will need a kicker, you can get it on rent from the carpet shop. Kicker will help you in fixing the carpet on the staircase from every corner.
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