The carpeting on stairs takes a lot more abuse than regular room carpeting, and it often wears out much sooner. But don't worry, replacing a worn stair runner or carpeting a bare stairway is no problem when you know the technique, and this article will give you the information and instructions you need to complete the job.
- vacuum cleaner
- measuring tape or rule
- chalk or pencil
- work gloves
- small handsaw
- heavy scissors
- 3/4-inch-thick piece of scrap wood
- staple gun
- utility knife with sharp heavy-duty blades
- tack hammer
- stair wedging tool or broad-bladed chisel
- knee kicker, available on rental from most carpet dealers
- tack-less carpet fastening strips
- heavy rubber or felt stair carpet padding
- heavy-duty staples
- carpet runner
For more information related to carpet installation:
- How to Install Carpeting: Need to carpet an entire room? Learn how to install wall-to-wall carpeting with this article.
- Carpet-Cleaning Tips: Whether due to spills and stains or just a lot of traffic, carpet gets dirty over time. Use these tips to keep your carpeting looking its best.
- How to Repair Floors: Squeaks and cracks can be signs of problems with your floor. Find out how to make the repairs you need.