This blog was made to help you walk through the buying process of getting a stair runner. We know it can be an overwhelming process, especially when picking a style as there are many options, so we are here to help guide you through the process.
What is your design style?
The first step would be to have an idea of your design style. We recommend going through our website and social media accounts to see all of our installs, as well as looking at Pinterest to see all different styles. We may not find the exact same carpet pattern, but we will have something similar and possibly even nicer. Once you have an idea head to our showroom so you can see and touch all of our different samples. It helps to bring in photos of your staircase as we can try to match it to your wood and walls. We also offer virtual consultations, where we can FaceTime or Zoom to show you all the samples in the store.
Bring samples home!
The second step once you’ve seen our samples would be to take them home. We highly recommend bringing samples home to see them with your lighting and décor. We have seen customers take out 1-3 samples to 10-15 samples. Usually you take them out for a week or so. Once you’ve narrowed down some options we will come measure your stairs.
What kind of stairs do you have?
The third step is for us to come measure your stairs. Nancy, the owner, will come to your home to do a measure. Depending on the stairs, it will affect the price. A straight set of stairs is most common and figuring costs is much simpler. Usually for straight sets, Nancy doesn’t necessarily need to come in and measure. What we’ll do instead is we will ask to schedule a time for us to talk over the phone in order for you to count all the steps of the staircase and to measure the width of the stairs. Stairs that have landings and 90-degree turns are more labor intensive and therefore will cost more. Nancy will definitely come in and measure your stairs if there are any turns or landings.
Stair runner edging options
The fourth step is to decide how you want to finish the stair runner edges. The most common way to finish the edges of the stair runner is binding. We match the binding color to the carpet color, however if you wanted to add a pop of color, we can do that as well.
Here is an example of where our customer decided to add blue binding to their pewter colored stair runner:
Once we receive the carpet (if it is not a roll runner) our installer will cut and bind it to the specific width and length needed. Labor costs for straight sets can range from $350-$550. For custom runners that have 90-degree turns, or landings can range from $550-$850. For roll runners the labor costs are usually less expensive as our installer doesn’t have to do any work on it beforehand. This can cost from $250-$450.
Ready to explore stair runners for your home?
If you’re ready to beautify your staircase, head to our showroom to check out all of our samples. We love helping people choose the stair runner that enhances their homes and complements their decor. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation to learn why people know us as having the best selection, pricing and service in the area!