Stairs come in all shapes and sizes. Spiral staircase that is located outside your home, straight with a stringer, curved with a side stringer, the possibilities and combinations can be mind boggling. Then the options for treads can be interesting as well. Choosing between stainless steel or steel, wood, glass, stone, one of the other tread options can vary, and are most likely to depend on the situational use and location of the staircase. No tread is necessarily better than any other, but you do want your money to go far when deciding what you or others should be placing their feet on.
Once you have the staircase design established, have the tread for the stairs determined, and got a finish picked out, you know can think ahead to what you might want to have covering the treads. Once again more decisions! There is carpeting to rubber matting, vinyl to fiberglass, and even metal on metal.
So you’ve figured out that for the straight staircase you just had built for your home, with wood treads, and black finish, you’ve decided that you are have found the perfect carpet to attach to the top of the staircase tread. Carpet is a popular choice for most stairs, as it is child safe and makes it softer when walking up and down the stairs. Now the fun begins!
Steps To Carpeting Your Staircase
A good thing to do here is to set aside a weekend where you can accomplish this task, as this is something you want to make sure you are giving your full attention and don’t want to have to repeat. If something doesn’t work out that could cost you more money for materials.
- Preparation – Once you’ve gotten your carpeting materials, you’re almost ready to get started. The real trick is when you have picked out your carpet, depending on how thick of if it is cut-to-fit to your staircase, can be a deciding factor on how you will attach it to the treads. In this scenario we will assume that the carpet is black, thinner and just covering up around three quarters of the tread across. So we should be using an industrial electric stapler as our weapon of choice, in order to get the carpet down and staying in place.
- Measuring – Here it is crucial that you make sure everything is aligned. Measure out the stair tread and with some tape; figuring out where the sides of the carpet will be. Keep it aligned on each tread.
- Padding and Carpet Placement – Place padding down across each stair and then cover it with the carpet. Make sure that the padding doesn’t protrude out of the sides of the carpet.
- Stapling – Using silver staples is not going to be help with keeping the staples invisible. So a trick here would be to take a black sharpie and color the tops of the staples, in order to make the staples invisible. Then staple the carpet about every two inches across, one row on the top and one row of staples on the bottom of the tread. So if you have a 12 inch wide piece of carpet, that’s six staples across the top and bottom of the tread where the carpet and padding lies.
- Last Step – Literally the last step (no pun intended) is to make sure that the pieces of carpet are securely attached to each tread. Give it the walk through, coming down the stairs at your normal pace and perhaps at a higher rate of speed in order to confirm you have attached the carpet properly. Also make sure that the padding stayed hidden underneath and that nothing has popped out that will make the treads not aesthetically pleasing.
After you’ve simulated the stair goers experience and are happy with the results, your carpeting job is complete! You now not only have a functional new staircase, but one that is equipped with all the trimmings and looks like a work of art.
If you are looking to have a staircase fabricated for your home, property or business, look to the staircase experts at Acadia Stairs. Acadia Stairs has many years of stair building experience and can create the perfect staircase for you regardless of your needs and preferences. We also provide a wide variety of stair accessories, from railing designs to fences and gates. Acadia also ships anywhere across the country.
So if a high quality staircase is what you need and you would like to know more information on the services provided or about what staircase is right for you, contact the stair professionals at Acadia Stairs today!