Carpet On Stairs

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Basically, there are two ways to lay carpet on stairs. One is the waterfall method, where a piece of carpet covers every riser and profile. The other is the cap and tape installation. In this case, the cap is a piece of carpet that is placed over the steps, and the band is the piece that covers the risers. In this article, I'll show you how to lay carpets using the waterfall method. These instructions apply to simple staircases and not to spiral staircases, which would require additional procedures.

Tools needed:


Staples or upholstery nails

tape measure

knee pad

Knee kicker (check your rental)

Stair tool (check your rental)

Utility knife


safety goggles

Obviously you have to remove the whole old carpet. Remove the adhesive strips and do not try to use the old upholstery. Make sure all nails and staples are removed and sweep down the carpet area.

Before you start, you need to find out how much carpet you need. To calculate the width, simply measure over the profile. If your staircase is open at one or both ends, be sure to measure below the edge where it meets the riser and add it to the overall width. Determine the total length of your staircase by measuring tread and riser. Assuming you are using carpet underlays, add at least 3 inches per staircase. If your footsteps have a nose, add a foot to the total flight measurement.

Okay, let's start. Attach the tack strip to the stairs position. Next you need to tighten the carpet by putting it in the crotch. You can do this with a knee kicker. It is a tool for laying carpets in small areas and stairs. It consists of a piece of metal tube with a pin plate attached to it. At the other end is a padded cushion where you can position your knee to put pressure on the carpet. You should be able to find one at your local landlord. Simply place the padded end a few inches above your knee and add pressure.

Here you use the knee-kicker:

To attach to the tack strip, stretch the carpet with the knee kicker directly from the center of the tread and hook it into the stitching strip in the crotch. Once the carpet is hooked to the tape, you must attach it firmly by sliding the carpet tool back and forth to compress the pins. Use your utility knife or utility knife as needed. A utility knife is better because it has two sides and is sharper than a utility knife. Repeat this process on each page of the profile. Before the next step, make sure that the carpet is leveled on the riser and attach it to the stair lip. I would recommend that you staple about every 2 inches. Do not forget to also staple along the edge of the riser.

Make sure you step back and look at your work before proceeding to the next step. Is the carpet smooth? Did you kick it evenly? It's also a great time to relax your knees and back. If everything looks good, it goes on to the next level. If not, remove the carpet and reinstall it. Repeat this process until you are done.

Once you're done, step back and admire your work and pat your back. You now have a beautiful looking staircase.