Lay a carpet expertly on a staircase

Carpet laying is part of home improvement, like a good tool assortment. But if the traditional laying of a carpet in rooms is still relatively simple, it looks different with stairs. Laying a carpet on stairs requires a bit more knowledge and a certain amount of workmanship. To assist you, we have provided you with detailed instructions on how to lay a carpet on a staircase.

Advantages of a carpet on stairs

The reasons to lay a carpet on a staircase are versatile. A carpet creates a homely atmosphere and warmth, but brings with it many practical advantages with stairs.

  • Sound-absorbing (impact sound)
  • very non-slip (opposite many wooden and stone stairs)
  • makes old, unsightly stairs attractive again.

Laying techniques for carpets on stairs

You can also lay your carpet differently on the stairs.

  • Variant 1: cut carpet pieces for treads and risers
  • Variant 2: stair runner, fixed to the risers with crossbars

Since the laying of carpet pieces on risers and treads is much more popular, this laying technique will be dealt with in this article.

With glue you have to consider some important points

  • Carpet glue must be compatible with the foamed back of the carpet
  • Carpet glue must be suitable for the stair material

The adhesives themselves have a selection of different products that have their very own advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages and disadvantages of carpet adhesives
  • Rubber-based carpet adhesive: extremely fast adhesive, no more fixing possible, of course
  • solvent-based adhesive: easy to fix (dries slowly), evaporates
  • Reaction resin adhesive: very specific and durable
  • water-soluble adhesive: not suitable for water- and moisture-sensitive carpets

Carpets on stairs: adhesive tapes are also suitable

Especially with stair carpets, but also the fixing and gluing is recommended with a strong double-sided adhesive tape. Therefore, in the material list in the following instructions for laying carpets on stairs, we only list the adhesive tape. Of course you can also use a suitable carpet adhesive.

Step-by-step instructions for laying a carpet on stairs

  • carpet
  • possibly baseboards
  • strong double-sided adhesive tape
  • Stainley knife (utility knife) with trapeze and hook blades
  • Cutting aid, metal profile
  • Hand roller for consolidating the adhesive print

1. Preparatory work

Remove all dirt from the stairs. This includes carpet and adhesive remnants of old carpets. Then you sweep the stairs with a broom. The carpet should be rolled out the day before in a large room, so you do not have to do with too many deformations.

2. The masking of the stairs

When laying carpet on stairs, you should always start at the top and work your way down. Glue the top riser (vertical staircase), then the following step generously with double-sided tape. Always stick the adhesive tape along the outside at the edges. You also stick to the front side of the tread. The surface of the risers and treads also stick to it, preferably crossing diagonally. Do not pull off the upper protective film yet.

3. Cut the carpet for the steps and risers

a) Cut carpet
If you already have experience in cutting carpets, roughly cut the surfaces, then approximate. Peel off the protective film, glue the carpet piece on and roll it firmly. After sticking over protruding parts cut with the cutting aid preferably after the gluing.

b) templates
If you have never cut carpet pieces for stairs, we recommend preparing stencils (cardboard, polystyrene). But always cut the individual pieces a bit too much, so that they fit optimally after bonding.

c) Additional resources
For some stairs (wood) it is recommended to fix rigid carpets with small nails. At the front edge, you can also attach an edge guard on each step.

4. All other stairs

After the first set and step, follow the same procedure for the next set and step.

Tips & Tricks

Always try to cut carpets along the loop, as this will give you a perfect cut. If you have to cut across the loop, always try to cut one or two millimeters oversize and then adjust to conceal the fraying. The specialist retailer offers pre-cut and glued pieces of carpet for standard stairs. In addition, you can also cut carpets as custom-made for special stair dimensions and have them linked. This is less expensive than often assumed and gives the carpet laid stairs usually only the rounding cut. Also, the partial gluing the steps is possible and looks good. Of course, we provide you in the house journal even more articles to carpet laying ready. So also for the conventional laying of a carpet.

Video Board: Stripe stair Carpets & Carpet runners.