Steps are everywhere in homes, business, and offices. In homes, people often find that they can become noisy, slippery and even dangerous. One good solution is to add carpet stair treads out of carpet remnants or to make stair carpet runners. There are several ways to accomplish this.
Custom Fitted Carpet Stair Treads:
To cover the entire tread it is important to make a paper template to get the exact size right. It is a good idea to place the template on the stair treads for an exact and final check before using it to cut any of the actual carpet. A quarter inch or so less than the actual size is fine but it is best not to get it larger than the actual tread. Once the size is decided upon, count the number of stair treads. This will be the actual number needed to cut. However, most people find it is a good idea to cut a couple extra ones so that extras will be available if one is damaged or a mishap occurs during installation. The covering can then be tacked or glued to the actual step. It is very important to securely attach the carpet to the tread to avoid any slipping or sliding. In most cases, stair carpets are safer than wooden steps.
Decorative Stair Treatment:
Sometimes it is more desirable to allow a portion of the step itself to show around the carpet covering. This adds a decorative touch to the appearance and tends to showcase the covering used to cover the step, much like a picture frame. This treatment is usually done when the stairs themselves are in good shape and attractive. When this application is used, it is best to cut the template for the tread to be at last 1 to 2 inches smaller than the step itself. You still want to make certain the carpet tread is large enough to catch the foot when it is placed on the step. Decorative treads are placed in much the same manner with adhesive or tacks. Each step must be measured to be accurate in the placement. Otherwise, the appearance would not be pleasing and attractive.
Cutting carpet is usually done with a very sharp razor knife. Often it is best to place the carpet upside down and trace the pattern on the back of the carpeting. Blades often dull very quickly with this type of cutting and it is best to replace them frequently. Keep the carpet flat and cut in sharp, crisp even strokes.
Selecting the right type fiber for the stair tread is often a matter of individual taste and preference. However, lower pile fibers tend to work better for this type of application. Color selection is often done to blend with the décor of the other things in the room. Darker colors or blended colors often tend to show less soil and wear so they make very good choices for stair coverings.
When making a final selection for stair treads it is important to choose a weave that does not run. Continuous fiber carpeting is not a wise choice since the fiber will tend to pull and run throughout the tread cover. A cut pile is better choices because the individual threads will stand up to hard wear without pulling and running.