Stair Runner

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Are you looking for a way to add some personality and style to your home without spending a lot of money?

A DIY stair runner is a great way to do just that! Stair runners are a great way to add colour and pattern to your home, especially to your hallway, and they can be really affordable too. Plus, installing one yourself is a project that anyone can do.

So if you're looking for a way to add some personality to your home, check out the how-to tab for easy steps for installing a DIY stair runner.

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What tools you'll need

Let's start by taking a look at what tools you'll need to get the job done. Here's what you need to have ready:

  • Stair runner: You can buy a stair runner by the yard at most any home improvement store. Be sure to measure your stairs before you head to the store so you know how much runner you'll need.
  • Tape measure: In order to get an accurate measurement of your stairs, you'll need a good quality tape measure.
  • Straight edge: This will come in handy for making straight cuts on your stair runner.
  • Scissors or knife: You'll need something to cut the runner with. A pair of scissors or a sharp knife will work just fine.
  • Double-sided carpet tape: This is what you'll use to secure the runner to your stairs.
  • Hammer and nails: You'll use these to tack down the edges of the runner. A nail gun is a good option here.

Steps to install a stair runner yourself

Here are the steps that you need to follow if you are looking to complete this job yourself. It's super simple.

1. Prepare the staircase

Start by preparing your staircase for the runner. You may need to remove an old runner or repaint/repair any damaged steps. Make sure you:

  • Sand any stairs down before you paint them
  • Remove any glue that may remain after you've taken off old carpeting
  • You don't need to paint over the area where the runner will be placed

2. Measure

You'll then need to measure your stairs to determine how much stair runner you will need.

  • Measure the width of your stairs and multiply by the number of steps. Don't forget to factor in the height of each step into the total figure
  • Then add an extra 10 inches to that number to account for any trimming you may need to do.

2. Cut your stair runner to size

Once you have your measurements, cut your stair runner to size using a sharp pair of carpet scissors.

  • Usually, you'll only need to cut the runner in one place if you've bought the right amount.
  • Make sure you buy a runner that has already been trimmed or edged down the length of the material.

3. Apply the runner.

Use double-sided carpet tape to the back of the stair runner. This will help keep your stair runner in place. You then need to use using a nail gun to secure the runner to the staircase.

4. Trim any excess carpet

Use a sharp carpet knife to trim any excess carpet from the edges of the stair runner.

5. Enjoy your new DIY stair runner!

Now, all that is left to do is enjoy your new stair runner! Give it a go yourself

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