Covering your stairs with carpet yourself is not a difficult job, but it does take some time. Having carpet on stairs is often more beautiful and safer than having a hard floor on the stairs. Follow the four steps below to replace the carpet on the stairs.
Many people choose carpet on stairs because it looks more attractive and makes less noise when using the stairs. Having carpet on the stairs is also safer than having a hard surface on the stairs. But after years of use, the carpet on the stairs doesn’t look the same anymore. Carpet on stairs, in particular, quickly undergoes wear and tear due to frequent use. If that is the case with the carpet on your stairs, then it is time to replace it with a new one. Follow the four steps below to replace the carpet on the stairs.
Remove any carpet on the stairs
Before you can put new carpet on the stairs, you must, of course, remove the old carpet from the stairs. First, you need to find out how the carpet is attached to the stairs. Carpet can be attached with nails or glue or a combination of both. It is also essential to know what the carpet is attached to. Once you know what’s under it, you can start loosening the seam on the carpet edges from the stairs.
Wear gloves and use a screwdriver or any similar tool to pry the carpet on the sides until you get a better grip, and you can pull more off with your hands. Proceed with caution and try to loosen the carpet piece by piece. Once most of the carpet has been removed, you can use a putty knife to scrape away any leftover pieces of carpet glued to the stairs.
Tip: Also, wear safety goggles to prevent a nail or staple from getting into your eyes when pulling off the carpet.
Choosing a new carpet
The stairs are the most used part of any home. That is why it is critical that the carpet is durable enough to withstand use and remains appealing. When you’re choosing for stairs, you want to select the best quality you can afford. Carpets that cover staircases must be very durable so to remain in good condition for several years.
There are several types of carpet suitable for covering the stairs. When choosing the right type of carpet, pay attention to the pile density of the fabric. The density indicates how close the threads or “piles” of a carpet are to each other. If the pile-density is very low, you cannot use it on the stairs. Carpets with a low pile-density cannot be bent properly. Therefore, ask the seller for a type with a higher pile density.
Tip: Many people think that a thicker carpet is better. However, this is not always the case. Some of the most durable carpets are sometimes very thin, and some of the thickest ones are actually full of air.
Cut the carpet to size
When covering the stairs with carpet, you can opt for full coverage or a stair runner. In full coverage, the entire width of the stairs is covered with carpet. With a stair runner, only the middle of the stairs is covered with carpet. Stair runners only cover the walking portion of the stairs. Covering the stairs completely will provide extra sound insulation, but ultimately the choice depends on your preferences.
As with many jobs, accurate measuring is half the battle when covering a staircase with carpet. Place the piece of carpet on the steps of the stairs, then cut away the excess so that it is flush against the wall or stair edge. To start with, take enough buffer so that you don’t cut off too much carpet. If you have cut too much fabric, you cannot correct it afterwards. You can also use paper to measure the stairs and make molds from them yourself. Use the molds to cut the correct shape from the carpet with a putty knife.
Tip: With a putty knife, you can cut the carpet at the edges and corners, but with a carpet cutter or specialized carpet knife, the job will be easier.
Install carpet on stairs
Once you have cut the carpet to size, you can attach it to the stairs. Apply glue to the steps of the stairs with a caulk gun and glue the carpet securely. Start with the top of the stairs, and then work your way down. Use a rubber mallet to tap the carpet on the sides of the stairs. You can also use staples or nails to reinforce the sides with a tacker. For more information about tackers, read our article “How to choose the right tacker“.
Tip: With specific types of carpet, the poles have certain directions. In this case, you have to make sure the different pieces are placed in the same direction when, for example, the staircase consists of two or more parts.