Stair carpet runners installed on a staircase will add warmth and a touch of stylish design to the space. Carpet runners do not cover the whole staircase, but will cover the middle of the stairs where most of the foot traffic occurs. Stair carpet runners come in many colors, styles and patterns. Install your oriental carpet runner on the stairs is a great way to show off that heirloom rug or new purchases, while giving your feet a soft surface for stepping on.
Use a tape measure to measure the width of the trails and back of the tread staircase at every step. Total measuring the tread and riser, and multiply this number by how many steps you are on the stairs. Use this measurement to cut your stair carpet runners. Mark the center of each step with a pencil. You will use this center line to place the stair carpet runners. Subtract 2 inches from the width of each step, and cutting tackles strips of these measurements. Place a scrap piece of wood up against the back of the stairs. See this scrap piece of wood is 1 inch in length, keep a distance of 1 inch from the back of the tread staircase and tackles strip. Center a tackles strip on each step, butted against the scrap wood.
Measure the length of each step, beginning at tackles strip and continuing to the bottom of the tread nose. Cut carpet padding uses these measurements. Make sure the width of the carpet pad is the same as tackles strip. Repeat for each step. Place the carpet pad so it butted up against tackles strip. Staple the carpet pad in place, distance staples every 3 inches. Wrap the carpet padding around the nose of the tread, and staple the pad to the underside of the tread nose. Cut the excess stuffing hanging down from the nose with a scissors. Brush latex carpet glue on the cut edges of the stair carpet runners, if necessary. Allow the glue to dry for an hour before you install the stair carpet runners. The glue holding the cut edges from fraying and look ugly with time.