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How to Install a Stairway Carpet Runner With Stays

Installing an elegant carpet runner on stairs is a simple project well within the skill set of even beginning DIYers. Elegant stays not only add a touch of class but they also keep the carpet runner in place.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1,000 - $2,500

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Install Carpet Pad

Cut the non-slip carpet pad to widths two inches less than the width of the carpet runner and one inch less than the depth of the tread. Center the pad on each step and staple it in place.

install carpet pad

Step 2: Staple the First Riser

Staple the bottom of the runner to the bottom of the first riser and also under the lip of the tread.

staple first riser

Step 3: Stretch the Carpet

Use a carpet knee kicker to stretch the carpet to the corner between the tread and riser of the next step and staple it in place. Make sure the carpet is taut. Continue up the stairs until done.

stretch the carpet

Step 4: Push Carpet Into the Corner

At the corner of each tread and riser, use a carpet stair tool with a hammer to push the carpet into the corner.

Step 5: Install the Stays

Use a drill and screwdriver to install the brass stays to anchor the carpet runner in place.

install brass stays to anchor carpet runner

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