• What You Need to Know About Carpet Stair Treads

  • Carpet stair treads, or simply carpet that runs up a stairway, can be both stylish and functional for your home. While they dress up your stairs, they can also improve safety.

    But what do you need to know about carpet stair threads to make informed decisions around it?


    Why should you consider carpet stair threads?

    The main reason is that, if you have hardwood stairs, they can get wet and slippery easily during a rainy/winter season.

    Slippery flooring easily leads to accidents, which obviously drives up medical bills. Installing carpet stair threads is going to be significantly less money than a hospital stay.

    Another reason is noise reduction. It deadens sound significantly, which is really important for larger families. In an office context, it’s shown to reduce employee stress levels when carpet stair threads are installed.

    Remember: quality is important

    You want a carpet stair thread that’s well-made with a tough underlay. That means it will last longer, which makes the carpet an investment.

    If you have a multi-child family and all the bedrooms are upstairs, making sure the carpet stair thread is durable (can last a decade or more ideally) is a crucial factor.

    Does the carpet stair thread need to go to the edges?

    This question isn’t considered enough as families work on their homes, but should be.

    Some banisters are mounted directly to the stairs themselves, while some are in raised sections. If the banisters are mounted to the stairs, then normally the carpet stair thread doesn’t go all the way to the edge of each stair.

    In this situation, using a striped pattern is sometimes an advantage.

    Considering the environment

    Carpets are the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which is a positive.

    Still, if you want the most environmentally-friendly carpet stair possible, there is a Green Label Plus standard type of carpet that will lower VOCs even more.

    How do I know how much carpet stair thread I need?

    Math, friends!

    You measure the size of the steps in height and width. Then, if the stairs are a flat surface, measure the length. Adding everything together will get you the total amount of carpet needed.

    Hardware store professionals and other carpet service companies can usually help as well.

    How do you install carpet stair thread?

    Typically there are two methods:

    • A waterfall method
    • A cap and band method

    The waterfall method involves the carpet covering each riser and tread. The cap and band method is when “cap” pieces of carpet cover the riser and “band” pieces cover the tread.

    On both processes, it’s helpful to begin with a knee kicker. A knee kicker is a piece of metal tubing and a pin plate.

    You use the knee kicker to install the carpet in small areas that are otherwise hard to reach. Knee kickers are available at hardware stores and online.

    What are other tools you might need?

    It can vary by specific job, but generally, these tools are helpful:

    • Tack strips
    • Measuring tape
    • Upholstery nails
    • Knee pads
    • Knife
    • Goggles
    • Hammer
    • Smaller nails

    Our professionals can also help you determine the best tools for your specific job.

    Any additional questions about carpet stair thread? Feel free to ask in the comments.