DIY – How to carpet stairs.

How to Carpet Stairs.

We just finished laying carpet and flooring in the rooms and all that was left was to carpet the stairs, and add trim. I had seen a tutorial a LONG time ago, where they used carpet tape, and a staple gun to install the carpet on the stairs and I thought to myself ‘Hey that doesn’t look to hard!’

Old nasty carpet

Old nasty carpet. There was A LOT of nail pulling involved. What’s not pictured is the strips of nail board on EVERY stair.

 

Stair treads hidden under the carpet

Stair treads hidden under the carpet

Before starting to carpet

Before starting to carpet

I decided to paint the sides of the stairs to give it a cleaner look. I have to say it made a HUGE difference my self…

Before, nasty looking. After, looks like new.

Before, nasty looking. After, looks like new.

The next part I forgot to take pictures of, so bare with my written description.

We ended up having A TON of carpet left over from when we carpeted my craft room. I had measured out the stairs previously and with help from my dad, did the math to figure out how long of a piece we needed. Turns out we didn’t even use any of that math, we just cut strips of carpet 36 inches wide (That’s how wide the stairs are). It is VERY important you keep it straight or you will end up with gaps or carpet bunching up on the sides.

Something we discovered when carpeting my craft room is that some carpet fibers are directionally challenged and if you don’t match them up correctly you will have a chunk that looks off color and the fibers wont blend well. So if your using carpet from a roll, make note of what end you’re starting from and make sure when starting the second strip of carpet you use the same end as the first. That being said…

Before laying the carpet down, I put strips of carpet tape right at the edge of each stair. I didn’t realize that there are different types of tape, there is the good, awesome, this is never going to come off tape, and the eah we’ll stick to the carpet, but you’re going to have to convince us first tape. I used two rolls of the awesome tape and a partial roll of the not so great tape. I put the better tape on the stairs I knew would get more traffic. NOTE: there are two pieces of paper protecting the sticky stuff, only remove one side, then when you get ready to put the carpet on the stair, that’s when you remove the other piece otherwise it just becomes more work trying to keep the  carpet from sticking.

Now the fun begins. I had my husband helping me for the first part. We rolled the 36 inch wide strip up which helped with trying to manage the carpet. I lined the edge up with the bottom and went a little crazy with the stapler. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to come loose any time soon.  The tricky part was our stairs have a lip so I had to tuck the carpet up under the lip, staple, then fold the carpet over the lip remove the paper protecting the sticky tape and press. (You don’t have to tuck the carpet under the lip, you could just pull it over the edge and staple.)

I know your wondering, what do I do when my strip of carpet runs out?? What i did was stick the raw edge up under the lip, then stapled like crazy again. Then take the edge of  the new strip and line it up as best as possible and once again staple like crazy. Then at the top stair we just used a transition piece to cover up the raw edge of the carpet and connect it to the hardwood floor.

A few things with stapling. In a few places I parted the fibers of the carpet and placed the staple right on the backing. it helped to hide them. Once I was done laying the carpet, I went back through with a hammer and any staples I could see I hammered in, it worked out rather nicely.

The final product.

The final product.

I am rather proud of my stairs.

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