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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

above and then below the winding section .

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Fit the straight stairs first.

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 .
http://www.wholesalecarpets.co.uk/stair-runner-carpet-fitting/

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Start by fitting the 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 :

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Winder positions are kept vertical and equal

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. Position the runner closer to the inside edge than the outside. This allows me to achieve the two goals above.

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Winders are equal width to the stair runner

Step 4. Separately staple each piece on to the winding stairs.

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How to Fit Stair Runners to Winding Stairs Step 4: Use Staple Gun

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 stages 5&6

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How to fit stair runners to winding stairs Step 5: Line up inside edge .Remove the border from outside edge

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 .

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How to fit stair runners. stage 6 re-stick the border

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.

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Jute boucle black linen border

Completed job

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How to fit stair runners to winding stairs: final output

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border fitted to winding stairs and quarter landing