How To Put A Runner On Wood Stairs

How To Put A Runner On Wood Stairs – It’s Rewind Monday! Yellow Brick Home has 12 years of archives, so from time to time we’ll share our favorites from past posts. This tutorial was originally published in May 2018. The actual pictures are part of the whole post. Enjoy!

To say Gateway is a labor of love would be a major understatement. Somewhere in our house’s history, our 130-year-old staircase was painted brown and red and then carpeted in brown (1970s, right?). We stripped it all down and gave it a classic black and white finish with floor paint.  

How To Put A Runner On Wood Stairs

How To Put A Runner On Wood Stairs

Tired of constant repairs, we gave several thin layers of polyurethane. Polly worked like a dream and the bull has only had a few chips in his nose since the project was completed (the result of Jack and Sissy using our stairs as a running track!).

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We love that white and black scale. Dreads bag and dent, badge of honor from the last century. When time returns, a stubborn nail emerges from that third riser; None of us could manage it successfully. After all the changes we’ve seen, this clean look is still a reminder of how far it’s come.

With the addition of our new family member, we made installing the stairs a priority. Even though we knew we had to be careful using the stairs, we kept telling our friends and family to hang on to the railing. The steps were narrow and not deep like modern steps, and we were always the smallest when going up and down. Now that we have our runner installed, breathe a sigh of relief! The job took two afternoons over the weekend, and with a little patience, it’s a DIY you can do. Read step by step from order of champions to celebration!

First we ordered samples. With durability and maintenance in mind, we wanted to maintain a more traditional look. We have ordered rugs from Sisal Rugs Direct in the past and had great luck, so we returned to them first. We collected at least 10 samples from them 

 We landed on the sisal indoor/outdoor line, in Belize Dune with a granola cotton trim. Faux sisal is durable enough for outdoor use, easy to clean and comfortable on bare feet, so we feel good about this material for the longevity of our staircase! When we placed our order, we decided on a 28″ width that would have 3″+ of exposure on each side.

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To determine the length of the tread, we took 3 measurements: the depth of the tile (run), the height of the toe (rise) and the depth of the bull. We multiplied that by the number of stairs and added an extra foot just in case. We set up the hide so that the rug wraps around each bull’s nose, and that extra leg room puts our minds at ease. We were able to order the exact width and length of our choice from Sisal Rugs, another reason we were glad we did! Our final measurement was 300″ long by 28″ wide.

Once our custom runner arrives, it’s time to install! I marked with a pencil in the middle of each riser:

Then we can add our rug! Do not skip this step. We bought this thin rug and used sharp fabric scissors to cut strips of rug on each runner. Our treads are 9½” deep, so we cut the strips 8″ deep. We stuck it on each staircase with this carpet tape.

How To Put A Runner On Wood Stairs

Tip: Apply the tape to at least 3 places on the wool pad, such as the left, middle and right. Alternatively, you can glue the entire top and bottom.

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In our last step before installing the runner, we used the painter’s tape to mark the exact size of the outer edge of the skin. For example, our stairs are 34½” wide and our corridor is 28″ wide. Subtract 28 from 34.5 and divide by 2. That leaves an exposure of 3 ¼” on each side of the runner, which is where I placed the piece of tape. This tape will be our 

Okay, ready for the fun part? With the setup out of the way, it’s time to put that runner on! Scott loaded our main gun with 1″ staples. (We used this staple gun with our air compressor and loved it!) We made a 1″ seam at the beginning of our molding and stapled every 3″ across the molding, starting at the top molding. One of the most challenging parts is balancing the weight of the rolled runner.

After finishing the first row of staples, we changed the longer stitches to shorter stitches by ½”. From now on, our thrift shop will be our best friend! A chisel is used to pull the rail as tight as possible at the back of the ladder, we followed our blue guide. This helped us get a nice, deep seam. Our first staple went in the middle of the guide rail, then we worked to the right and left, stapling each. 3-4″. By starting with the staple in the middle, I was able to prevent the rug from pulling in one direction.

Tip: We considered using a sturdy knife instead of a chisel, but after installing this runner, we all agree that we couldn’t have done the job without buying this useful tool.

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When it came time to go around the bumpy nose, smoothing the carpet along the rounded edge helped us both. As with any ladder, we start with the staple in the middle, under the bull’s nose, and then work to the left and right.

When we went down the stairs, we repeated the same steps as above, being more careful to align the tape on the left side. Our process continued with more reinforcements, stopping every 3-4″, smoothing the nose of the bull and stopping again. (Seventeen times!)

My biggest piece of advice? Be patient with the process. If we start to notice more slippage from our tape driver, we pull the staples off the scale and start over.

How To Put A Runner On Wood Stairs

 It will start to slide about ¼” from the masking tape. However, we were mathematically perfectly equal, and our century scale was exactly like this – 

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. They are not perfect, but they are full of charm! I mean, we invented a hack to get it again too – some shit! We basically put this little pad on one side of the tread, forcing the carpet to flow straight again. The pad is secured with staples and completely hidden behind the runner. It’s so small that no one even knows it’s there! We did this for two stairs and that was our salvation.

In the end, we had – understand – on a trace of the remaining corridor. Our measurements were perfect! Again, using those sharp fabric scissors, we cut the end of the runner so that it fits about 1” below the raw edge.

After doing that, Scott swapped out the short staples for long 1” staples and we secured the rest of the runner.

Step 11… Celebrate! It was a very iterative process and we got there in two or three flights of stairs. The mission was accomplished on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and Sunday at dinner time we were admiring our beautiful new ride!

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How To Put A Runner On Wood Stairs

It is clear that something must be done. I originally planned to save the risers and treads, but they were in such bad shape that I ended up tearing them out and rebuilding them. I promise that it is not as hard as I say – just hammer the old pieces, cut and nail the new treads and supports to the supports (strings) – but if you are looking for how to install a ladder. The current stairs are in good condition, used as is!

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