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Your Ultimate Guide to Stair Runners

 Ever notice how a staircase instantly becomes more inviting with a stylish runner? It's not just about enhancing your home's style, it's about creating that warm, welcoming vibe while ensuring every step feels comfortable and safe. But let's be real, with so many options out there, picking the perfect stair runner can feel a bit overwhelming. So here's everything you need to know to nail that decision.

Choosing the Right Material  

When selecting a carpet material for your stair runner, it’s crucial to consider factors such as durability, comfort, and maintenance. Here are some options to consider:

  1. Wool: Renowned for its resilience, comfort, and aesthetic appeal, wool carpeting stands as a premium choice for stair runners. Its durability allows it to withstand heavy foot traffic without showing wear paths, making it a worthwhile investment in the long run. While wool may require regular maintenance and come with a higher upfront cost, its many benefits justify the investment for homeowners seeking a luxurious and environmentally friendly flooring option.
  1. Wool blend: Wool blends consist of wool and synthetic materials that are blended to create a whole other material that's fairly soft and durable with a less expensive price tag. For stair runners made from a wool mix or wool blend, we recommend loop or cut pile styles to keep the runner looking as good as new for longer.
  1. Synthetic Materials: Synthetic fibres like nylon and polyester offer versatility, affordability, and ease of maintenance. Nylon, in particular, is highly resilient, stain-resistant, and suitable for both residential and commercial spaces. Polyester, on the other hand, boasts a wide range of patterns and colours, making it a popular choice for those seeking aesthetic variety.
  1. Natural Fiber Carpet: For homeowners looking for an organic touch, natural plant fibres such as sisal, jute, seagrass, and coir offer distinctive character and environmental friendliness. While these materials may not be recommended for high-traffic staircases, their inherent beauty adds a unique charm to any space.

Factors to Consider

When choosing a stair runner, it's essential to consider various factors to ensure it meets your needs:

  • Traffic Flow: Determine the level of foot traffic the area receives to select a runner that can withstand heavy use.
  • Maintenance: Consider the desired level of maintenance and upkeep. Some materials may require more frequent cleaning than others.
  • Aesthetic: Ensure the chosen runner complements and enhances the overall style of your home.

What type of underlay and gripper should be used?

A thinner, firmer underlay tends to work best when fitting a stair runner, as there is less likelihood of visibility of the underlay if you have open rails on the side of the stairs. Normal grippers can be used for the fitting of your stair runner, though the pin length, which is the height of the pins that hold the carpet in place, would depend on the thickness of the carpet.

Lifespan of Your Stair Runner

The lifespan of a stair runner depends on factors such as foot traffic, material quality, and maintenance. Generally, a high-quality runner that is well-maintained can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years before needing replacement.

Although there are carpets that are specifically manufactured as a runner, you can also choose to go bespoke. Simply choose from any carpet you like, and choose the width and the edging.

Our Bespoke In-House Taping Services

At RightPrice Coleraine, we understand the importance of finding the perfect stair runner for your home. That's why we offer bespoke in-house taping services to ensure a seamless and customized finish for your runner. Our team of experts will work with you to choose the right materials and design elements that suit your style and budget, providing professional service every step of the way. Getting your dream stair runner has never been easier! 

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