Q&A: Stair runners

General, Interiors

Stair runners are the perfect addition to a house which needs that something extra in order to give it the wow factor. stair runnersThey’ll instantly make the stairs look more stylish and they’re also a brilliant way of disguising the noise of people running up and down them, something that can get on anyone’s nerves. You’ll especially know all about this if you have children! They can also be a safety precaution if you’ve found that your stairs are slippy. So what do you need to know?

How wide should it be?

Well, you want to make sure that there’s enough room for walking. If it’s too narrow then you could might find yourself feeling like you’re walking on a tightrope to try and avoid the bare stairs on either side! We suggest leaving between 3-4” inches of space for the

best results. This is the best way to ensure that the stair runner looks like it’s supposed to be there and hasn’t just been thrown down.

How long should it be?

This all depends on what your staircase is like and what look you’re going for. We think it’s best to have the end underneath the bottom tread of the staircase. At the top, it all depends on whether you want it to continue onto the landing or not. Our top tip to you is to only have it going along the landing if it’s quite a wide space, as otherwise it’ll just make it feel even smaller!

Can I still have a stair runner with an open staircase?

The answer is that yes you can, but instead of having one long stair runner, you can use carpeting. Wrap individual pieces of it around each stair. If it’s done properly then it should look great on the other side too.

What design should I go for?

Again, this is up to you. If you have lots of rugs in your home, then it could be wise to match your stair runner to them. If you want a look that’s more simple, then choose one that’s plain, preferably in a neutral colour. If your home is contemporary themed, then you might decide on a block colour in a bright shade. There’s lots of choice out there, so take your time to find what will best suit you.

Stair runners don’t have to be daunting. What do you think of them?

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