A carpeted stairway is common in most of the homes because not only does it create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, also carpet helps to absorb sound waves and make your house more relaxing. Stairs with carpets are also generally safer than hard surfaces as they prevent slipping and soften any falls.


What you’ll need to carpet your stairs

The following tools are essential for a good stair carpeting job:

  • Carpet knife
  • Knee kicker
  • Carpet
  • Carpet Pads
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer stapler
  • Straightedge
  • Wall trimmer
  • Tackless strips
  • Hot melt seaming tape
  • Seam sealer

1: Cut the carpet pads

Using your tape measure, carefully measure each step and cut a pad for each riser and step and set them to one side.

2: Apply the tackles strips

Place your tackles strips on the back of each tread and the risers. Make a spacer by taping two strips together- this will help you determine how high to place the strips and make sure they are in the correct position.

3: Staple the carpet pads in place

Carefully wrap each carpet pad around the front edge of your steps and down the risers. Stretch the pads and smooth them as you go, ensuring a snug fit, then staple them in place. Using your hammer stapler, staple each carpet pad in place. You should start in the centre of each tread, directly in front of the tackles strip.

4: Make a template for your carpet

Using your tape measure, measure the stairs and risers again ensuring that you have enough to go all the way up to the edges. Cut a template that you can use for each step (provided they are all the same size! If in doubt, measure each step separately).

5: Put your carpet in place

Centering your carpet on the bottom edge of each step, push the carpet onto the tackless strip.

6: When you are happy about the placing of the carpet, staple the carpet onto the riser just underneath the tread.

7: Push the carpet in to the seam

Using your knee kicker, carefully stretch the carpet into the seam between tread and riser, working from the middle out to the sides.

8: Repeat for each step

We would always advise getting in a professional to install your stair carpet, but if you’re on a budget you can do it yourself. Just follow these steps carefully and don’t cut any corners! And you will enjoy your new look and feel stairs.


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