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How to Install Stair Runner.


Installing a Stair Runner on Straight Stairs


Tools required for the install.

  • Staple Gun and staples

  • Square

  • Tape Measure

  • Knife

  • Stretcher

  • Pencil

  • Straight edge

Tools Required for Stair runner Install

Step 1




Remove old carpet or Stair runners.

Ensure stairs are clean, and all old

fixings are removed





Preparation for Install

Step 2

Check the Rear of the runner for the correct

width or measure the width.

Next measure the stair  width e.g  30"

subtract the stair width from the runner width

30 - 26 =  4 this is the total space left.

divide the answer by 2 to get equal spaces

4 / 2  = 2 this is 2" either side.

Workout your Measurements, width of Stair Runner and width of Stairs

Step 3

Marking the stairs


Using the tape measure mark from the

edge of the stair 2" the above answer.

then using the square mark the entire step,

repeat for all stairs.




Marking the Stairs for placment of padding under the Stair Runner

Step 4

Cutting and fixing the pads


The pad must be installed and cut to the

correct size. Using the width of the runner

e.g 26" wide, subtract 2". Mark and cut the

pad width 24". The depth will be the stair

tread. Staple the pad in position leaving

1" from the pencil mark and 1" from

the rear riser this will bring the pad

over the stair nosing. Ensure pad is secure. 

Fixing the Padding to every step

Step 5

Straight Edge



With the runner face down and using

the square and straight edge, cut the end

of the runner square. Ensure the runner

is on a hard surface before cutting.

NOTE:- Be careful not to cut to deep

and scratch the surface under the rug.




Ensure Stair Runner is Square before fixing


Step 6

Placing the Stair Runner



Place the Stair Runner on the first stair between

the pencil lines ensuring the square cut end

is parallel to the floor, Staple riser

 with 8 to 12 staples near the floor then

do the same under the stair nose.


See picture . 

Place the Stair Runner on the First Step - and Staple as Shown

Step 7


Using the Stretcher


Use the carpet stretcher to stretch carpet

from nose towards next riser. Make

sure carpet edge is on the pencil marks,

secure with staples in 90 degree crease then

under the nose again.  Repeat for

all stairs.

Use the Stretcher from Nose of Tread to Riser


Finish Picture of Stairs


Finish Picture of Stairs

Finished Install Showing all Stairs


Finished Install Showing Close up of Single Step


These instructions are for fitting a stair runner to straight stairs ONLY

Please see stairs that cannot be done but require Professional Install.


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