How to Choose a Stair Runner

Whether you are already sold on the idea of a runner, but you need a little help picking the right one, or you are not yet entirely convinced about this method of covering your stairs and want some more information, you have come to the right place.

In the below blog, we will unearth everything you need to know about choosing a stair runner for your home. From why to add a stair runner in the first place, to the different types of runners you can choose from, to the importance of underlay, we’ve got you covered.

What is a stair runner?

A stair runner is a long piece of carpet that runs down your stairs but does not cover the full width of the stair. It is usually fitted over hardwood or tiled stairs, and you can find options in a wide variety of colours, patterns, and styles.

Why choose a stair runner?

You might choose to add a runner to your staircase for a variety of reasons. The most obvious one is for safety. If you have very young children or elderly parents, wood or tiled stairs can be quite slippery, and there is always the danger that they may have a fall.

A carpet stair runner is also a lot softer underfoot than wood or tiles and can absorb noise much better.

Finally, the right stair runner can add a sense of style and cohesion to your staircase. Fortunately, it should be easy to find one that complements the rest of your interior décor.

How to choose a stair runner

Once you have decided to purchase a stair runner for your home, you now have several more selections to make. This includes:

Runner width

A standard stair runner is usually between 2-3 feet wide, but this will be dependent on the exact width of your stairs. You do not want a runner that is too narrow as this will be difficult to walk up and down, but neither do you want one that is too wide as this can overpower your staircase.

If you have a custom-made staircase that falls outside the standard staircase sizing, you may want to consider investing in a bespoke stair runner.

Runner pattern

There are so many different patterns to choose from when picking a stair runner, from simple, single colour designs, to stripes, to more intricate styles, and what you choose is completely up to you.

However, if you do not have a standard straight staircase, it can be a challenge to match up precise patterns such as a diamond or geometric design.

Custom runner

If you do not want a pattern on your stair runner or you have a specific shape or size in mind that is not available pre-made, you may want to consider purchasing a custom made stair runner.

Custom made stair runners are not necessarily more expensive than pre-made ones as you may not require a lot of material to cover your stairs, so it is always worth checking to see if this option could be more cost-effective for you.

How to choose an underlay for your stair runner

If you want your stair runner to last a long time, then underlay is essential. You should look to purchase high-quality underlay that will reduce noise and help protect your runner against high foot traffic.

Due to the structure of stairs, it can be hard to balance the thickness of underlay with the practicalities of fitting it, so it is always best to hire a professional fitter.