Adding Carpet around Staircase Balusters
Staircase balusters can create a challenge whenever you are adding carpet to your staircase. You will find that carpet can make a nice cushion whenever you add them to stairs. However, over time this carpet will eventually wear out because of the foot traffic. When it comes time to replace it you will need to know how to properly carpet around the staircase balusters.
Step 1 – Stripping
The first thing that you are going to have to do is get rid of what is there. Get the stairs completely stripped and make sure to replace the pad with a new one. You will need to be sure that you use reinforcement around each of your spindles. Make sure that the nose of your step has an extra piece of duct tape over it.
Step 2 – Measure
Measuring is something that you are going to have to do carefully. Start off by getting the measurements of the lip of the stair’s width. Make sure that you add about ¼ of an inch to your measurements. When you measure, do it just one step at a time, try to measure more than once with each step so that you are completely sure of your measurements. Be sure that you are able to cut enough so that the riser can be covered both above and below the tread. You will need to have the carpet slit in from the side so that you can work it around the staircase balusters. Make sure that you cut the pattern out carefully and that you leave some extra carpet to work with just in case.
Step 3 – Lay Carpet
Whenever you are stretching your carpet into place on your stairs, make sure that seams are created between each of your spindles. You can accomplish this with a glue gun. Even if the edges aren’t completely down, you will still be able to see how the carpet is forming around your balusters. If there are any loose threads anywhere go ahead and trim them.
Step 4 – Glue
The middle strip that is between each of your stair rails is going to need to be glued. Hot glue is the best type to use for this. The very tip of the stair nose will need to be cut. You will do this with the furthest point out to your steps. The bottom of your low riser will need to have another cut that is made at 45 degrees. The cut from the side of your riser needs to be cut about ½ an inch. The flap that is on the bottom part of your riser will now angle up to about 45 degrees.
Step 5 – Finish Up
The bottom piece should be cut at a 45 degree angle along the riser edge. The carpet should be pulled down in front of your riser and over the side and stapled. Leave ½ inch as you cut your carpet along the edge. Create a crease by wrapping your carpet around your balusters and over the tread side. Glue under and along the edge.