How to fit stair runners when you have winding stairs .
Instructional: How To fit Stair Runners to winding stairs.
Read and re read the instructional before starting.
Pearl of wisdom: You can’t mis cut a carpet by reading!
Step 1. Fit the straight stairs first
Fit the straight part of the stairs first above and then below the winding section .
This is important as it gives you a target to aim at. It also avoids waste . Here is a link to explain how to fit stair runners to straight stairs .
Step 2. Cut a piece for each winding stair.
Using the remaining balance of the runner, cut a piece for each winding stair. If for example you have 3 winding stairs ,as in the picture, cut three pieces of remaining runner. Cut these sections a little bigger than required .
Step 3. Position each piece of the winding stairs
Position your three segments of carpet runner on the stairs as you would like them . I Usually put a couple of staples in them to hold them roughly in place which I remove later . It stops them falling on top of you when you are working . Opinions vary as to the best position for winders , as no two staircases are the same . I suggest you stand back and experiment .
My opinion leads me to three goals :
1. The risers of the winder should be as vertical as possible .
2. The three pieces should be positioned at similar angles to each other .
3. The runner should be positioned closer to the inside edge than the outside . This allows me to achieve the two goals above .
Step 4. Separately staple each piece on to the winding stairs.
Fit the winding stairs using a staple gun . Don’t worry if the seam between the stairs is not perfect , it will be covered by the stair rod at the end. Just make sure it’s strong .
When fitting the winding stairs your goal should be to line up the inside edge perfectly . Don’t worry about lining up the outside edge at this stage. We will correct that in stage 5&6
Step 5: Remove the border from the tread area
but not the riser area . You can cut the stitches or give a tug . This will expose the over sized piece which does not line up . Use any straight edge and a Stanley knife to cut a wedge shaped slither away so that everything is straight and lined up .
Step 6 Re stick the border
Re stick the border using an even thin layer of fabric glue(we recommend copydex) . Next put some holding staples in the border of the carpet runner for additional strength . Position these staples so they will be covered by the stair rod when it is fitted .
General advice. Allow 3 hours for an amateur or 45 minutes for a professional.
Action plan :
The sequence below re explains the process of fitting a winder. Key areas and issues are highlighted in red.
The final output is shown to the right.
Below are more examples of winding stairs fitted from a straight stair runner using this method.