Choosing natural stair runners? Here’s the rub on the different kinds
If you’ve chosen natural stair runners, you’ve probably let your heart rule your head! And why not – home is after all where the heart is.
But to decide which specific type is practical for your home; Sisal, Coir or Jute, we recommend you just use your head, or more precisely, ours.
We’ve got 20 years of experience we’d love to share, so read on if you want the facts on different natural floorings !
Sisal Stair Runners
You know sometimes you feel like wearing Jeans and another time you’re in the mood for a little silk dress; the choice is just as varied with natural flooring .
Although natural flooring, like natural clothing, can be used to add texture, some naturals are more refined than others. Sisal’s unique ability to take die well and its fine yarn, results in a crisp clean tone.
So Sisal is the silk of the natural flooring world, and like Silk, its also very strong .
Sisal invigorates your senses
Many people enjoy the sensory experience of walking on Sisal natural stair runners, but it doesn’t just affect the sense of touch, it also affects other senses. The sound-deadening qualities it shares with most natural weaves makes it ideal for muting creaky stairs. And while it brings silence to homes, it also contains noise in music studios, where its usually the chosen floor and even wall covering.
Then there’s smell. Whereas synthetic carpet emits strong Voc’s smells, particularly when new, sisal smells neutral or faintly of nature, perhaps provoking memories of a country walk.
Sisal is the Rolls Royce of natural flooring; but right now, with a whole staircase on Sale from £229, you can bring some designer cache to your home, without breaking the bank.
Sisal shares the environmentally friendly credentials of its sister natural products, so your home can look great while you feel comfortable about your choice !
Jute Stair Runners
Designers often choose jute because it’s soft and color neutral. In a restful and non-invasive way, Jute compliments almost any design.
Jute is durable. It looks a lot like regular carpet and as with carpet; we recommend supporting it with good underlay and stain protection spray to extend the life. Go with Intec – it’s the only protection that’s environmentally friendly.
The environmental qualities of jute are breath-taking. Durability means a long life which is obviously Eco friendly. When eventually discarded, it is 100% biodegradable and, when it decomposes, puts valuable nutrients back into the soil. Jute plants, when grown (and they do so prolifically) consume significantly more CO2 than trees. One green planet writes choosing jute is an environmental home run!
Coir Stair Runners
Staircases are the highest wear area in a modern home. Kids’ muddy footprints, spillages and heavy footfall all take their toll. Maintaining the appearance of your stair runner is literally an uphill battle! Coir flooring is one of the most durable money can buy. Fitted on a good underlay, you can expect years of great service from your designer flooring .
So why not try coir stair runners? Coir natural flooring is brimming with designer style, offers texture and adds life to your hall stairs and landing area. It can add an authentic look to a period home or a designer brush stroke to a modern one.
You can finesse this product further by adding a designer linen border to match your décor.
One last persuasive reason to make a modest investment in a coir stairway runner is that it is particularly environmentally friendly. Coir is net positive for the environment because of an interesting twist of nature. When Coir falls into waterways, its virtue of durability becomes a vice to fish who get stuck in it. By harvesting Coir, you save the fish, and of course, it quickly regrows.
So, for good looks, durability and a clean conscience for our fishy friends, choose Coir !