Installing A Carpet Runner In An Open Stair
If you have open stairs in your home, you can install a carpet runner. Here are instructions to install a carpet runner to your open staircase. Measure the stairs to determine how much carpet runner you will need. Measure the width of the step to the points where you wish the runner to cover. Add 2 ½ inches to this measurement if you will fold the edges under. For the length of the runner, measure from the bottom of the first riser, where the first step meets the floor, then up the riser to the top of the first step, where the first step meets the riser of the second step. Add 1 inch to this measurement then multiply by the total number of steps. Add 6 inches to the total. Mark a location on each step for the edges of the padding, then mark the location for the edges of the carpet. Cut the padding for each step. Put the padding pieces in place and secure them to the step with the electric stapler.
Place the rolled carpet runner about three steps above the bottom step. Use a row of staples to secure the edge of the carpet to the riser. Ensure that the staples are not visible. Pull the carpet up to the bottom edge of the riser. Secure it in place with a row of staples. Ensure that the carpet is taut. Pull the carpet across the top of the step and make it taut with a knee kicker. Place another row of staples in the area between the tread of the current step and the riser of the next step. Push the carpet into this corner with a carpet tool. Staple the carpet to the corner between the top step and the last riser.
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