HOW TO LAY CARPET ON STAIRS – When it comes to laying carpets in your home one of the most challenging aspects are the stairs. This guide provides you with practical advice on how to lay carpeting on your stairs and avoid common mistakes when laying a carpet.
Measure your stairs to find out how many square yards of carpet you need.
Take your measurements along to a Carpet supplier – you will need Carpet, Underlay and Tack Strips.
Measure the width of each stair runner and cut the Tack Strips about 4″ shorter. Fit the Tack Strips on the back of the tread and bottom of each riser. The nails protruding from the Track Strips should be facing inwards to each other. Repeat this until all the stairs are done.
Cut strips of underlay the width of the Tack Strip and length sufficient to cover in between the Tack Strip on the tread and riser. The underlay can be held in place with staples. Repeat this until all the stairs are covered.
Starting at the bottom of the stairs, cut the carpet to fit the width with an overlay of about 1″, this can be trimmed once you have finished.
At the base of each riser, turn the carpet over and score a line, this will make folding the carpet easier and help create a tight fit.
Using a staple gun, staple the carpet to the risers as you work your way up the stairs.
Take a 4″ bolster and in between the riser and back of each tread tuck the carpet in.
Once complete you can trim any excess carpet and tuck the sides in with your 4″ bolster.