Ways To Installing Carpets On Stairs
Carpets on stairs add warmth and texture to the home. There are some ways to install carpets on the stairs. Begin by measuring the width of the stairway and the length of each individual stair. Measure the depth of the stair and add to it the height from the step below it. Use your utility knife and straightedge to cut one piece of carpet for each step on the stair. Flip the carpet over and makes the cuts from the underside down. Make sure to work on a surface which you don’t mind accidentally cutting or scarring. Use the same measurements to cut tackless fastening strips, also known as tack strips, for your floors. These are small lengths of wood that have barbed tacks on the top to which the carpet will adhere to when it is laid down. Lay one tack strip on each side of the stairway on both the vertical inclines and the horizontal steps. Use your hammer to securely nail the tack strips in place. Place the first piece of carpeting onto the bottom step and make sure it fits snugly into place. There should be a little carpeting flap that goes up the incline to the second step left at the top of your carpet piece.
Starting with the very bottom of the carpeting for the stairs, place the handheld carpet stretcher about a half inch from the sides of the carpet, then strike the back of the stretcher with your hammer to seat the carpeting on the tack strips beneath it. Do this to both sides and work your way up until you’ve affixed the entire carpet piece, but not the flap at the top. Place the next piece of carpeting on the following step.