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DIY Stair Runner Anyone?

Monday, January 9, 2012




Lately I have had stair runners on the brain.  Over the holidays I posted a question on facebook asking if any of you have ever installed a stair runner as a diy project.  It seems like an easy project, but I haven't quite been able to pull the trigger.  I know others have gone before me. 


There was Rhoda....

...and Casey.



And then I found this tutorial.

So tell me, have you installed a stair runner or do you know of any more good tutorials?  I am gathering all the information I can before before diving in.  Or maybe I should just dive in ;)




24 comments:

  1. I am definitely doing it. The runner I wanted was backordered for three months and now I think I might go with a different one altogether, but I am going to install it myself....a jute or sisal, can't wait! I've seen a lot of people follow Casey @ Loft & Cottage and use the Ikea runner, it is inexpensive and thin so easier to install. I LOVE the look of a natural runner on stairs, plus it's super durable! That striped one you show at the end is gorgeous too!

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  2. These are beautiful examples! I don't think I have the guts to try it myself, but I can't wait to see what you come up with.
    Abby

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  3. Thanks for the love, Rene! Of course I say go for it. The materials were inexpensive, and the actual hands-on time was less than 4 hours. Perfectly DIYable! Cannot wait to see your project and progress ;-)

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  4. We have two flights of stairs in this old house of ours, both with runners. One was installed by professionals, and I installed the other one. There is no way I could have installed the ones that the pros did, because it was super expensive Karastan wool, and it required each tread and riser to be cut to match the pattern up the stairs ... it took him hours. The other one was much simpler, with no cutting, so it was definitely DIY.

    Take your time, make sure your edges are straight (it's easy to weave in and out and have it look like your runner was installed by a drunk.) If I had to do it again, I would probably put a line of tape on the stairs to keep the runner on track.

    As far as 'living' with a runner, make sure that the inside corner where the tread and riser meet is well secured ... you know, the spot where you always hit your toe as you go up the stairs. This is the place where the most slippage can occur. (I used my pneumatic staple gun.)

    I vote that you go for it.

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  5. Um, I've never installed one but I LOVE every single one of these! Go for it! I especially love the one with the nailheads in it :).

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  6. I'm crazy about Casey's project, and would love to try it myself in a future home...am I sensing a DIY in your future, Rene?

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  7. I love the stair runner by Bird & Birch, thanks for some new eye candy to pin. Do you already have wood stairs? Are they slippery?

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  8. I've never installed one, but can't wait to see yours. Love these images! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Ange, we do have wood stairs and yes, they can be slippery if you are wearing socks. I guess my biggest problem with them is that they are the first thing you see when you enter our tiny entrance way and with a runner in place it might provide a nice welcome.

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  10. Rene, if anyone can do it, and do it well, it is you. You are a courageous DIYer with fantastic results. Can't wait to see your creation. Good luck :)

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  11. So beautiful. Wishing we had stairs to put a runner on! Wish I could help but I am among the drooling crowd.

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  12. Hold your breath and dive right in - it will look great.

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  13. A striped runner would look great on your stairs (any stairs) I think! You should go for it. Although, if it was me, I would probably NOT have the guts to cut into a dash and albert rug. The instructions seem pretty straight-forward though. Again... go for it! :)

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  14. I would love to give it a try but we don't have stairs. I know you will have a beautiful outcome, Rene! I keep thinking about your chair you reupholstered recently. How gorgeous that turned out!

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  15. I've never even had a stair runner...I've always just liked the wood steps with white...but I'm loving that one with the nail head trim. I'm sure you'll do a fabulous job!

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  16. You go girl....you can do it! Well, I have a feeling you will do the research, gather your resources and go for it...and it will be beautiful!! So, photos?? :)

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  17. Thanks so much for this post. Pulling up the old carpet on our steps and installing a new runner is one of my top 2012 home projects. I'm still figuring out what I want to do and your post offers great inspiration.

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  18. Hi Rene,

    I thought this was an excellent blog tutorial -- it was even featured in This Old House magazine. The brilliant part is that instead of buying expensive rug padding, the blogger used super cheap underlayment of the variety used for laminate floors.

    http://okla-home-a.blogspot.com/2011/03/trip-down-memory-lane-and-stair-runner.html

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  19. I love all those stair runners! We have a one story, so that's one thing I haven't had to tackle. And that phone in today's post is a riot!

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  20. Hi Rene,
    I can't wait to see! We recently had a sisal stair runner installed and I love it!! We used a professional as the old runner had to be taken off and we have a curve to our stairs, so it had to be custom cut and so forth! But we originally thought about doing it ourselves...until we noticed the couple of challenges that made it out of our capabilities! I wish we could have saved the money and tackled it on our own! Take care, Caroline

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  21. I have been contemplating this for the past year but am on the fence and yes, there are some inspirational tutorials to feed off. I have even contemplated just doing the treads and something decorative with the risers. I think you will do a great job, Rene..go for it!

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  22. Ahhh! I love a good stair runner! Try it!! These look fabulous!

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  23. Did you ever try installing one? I am interested myself.

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