How to Install Carpet Tiles on Stairs

What You'll Need
Self-Adhesive Carpet Tiles
Tape Measure
Large Roll of Paper
Utility Knife
Cutting Board

Carpet tiles are an easy and effective way of transforming a room. You may want your room to have a new look, or just want to replace an old carpet. Although the prices of tiles are comparable to that of rolled carpet, you will save a fortune on the actual installation as you can do this yourself fairly easily. However, difficulties may begin if you install stair carpet tiles on a stair case.  

Step 1: Calculating the amount of tiles needed.

Before you buy your chosen tile, take note of the length and width from the store. Next, measure the length and width of each stair. Divide the length of your step by the length of the tile and round off to the nearest whole number. Finally, divide the stair width by the tile width and, once again, round to the whole number. Multiply the two rounded figures and you have the number of tiles you will need. 

Always add a few extra tiles to the total number required. This way you can easily replace any stained or damaged tiles in the future without having to find an exact match.

Step 2: Preparation.

Remove old carpet from the stairs, including adhesive strips, because this could cause new tiles to lay unevenly or prevent the new adhesive from sticking to the steps. Remove the new tiles from their packing and allow it to adjust to room temperature for 24 hours, otherwise heat and humidity could ruin the fit of your tiles.

Step 3: Making a Template.

The easiest way to install a tile is to make a template of each step. This will ensure a good fit and a neat cut.

Lay a long sheet of paper on the step. Using the utility knife, carefully trim the sheet of paper so that any excess is cut off and the paper replicates your step. Repeat this for the rise. Place your cutting board on the floor then lay a sufficient number of face-down tiles on the cutting board and place one of the templates on top. Cut around the template so your tiles follow the shape of the step. Repeat so that enough tiles are cut for every step on your staircase.

Step 4: Application.

After you've made your templates and cut the tiles, lay the tiles on each step working from the top of the stairs down to the bottom. Look at the pattern you are forming and check that it looks accomplished and professional. Adjust fitting as necessary so the carpet tiles have a smooth and uniformed look.

Peel the backing from the adhesive back on the tile and lay the center of each tile on the step before working outwards.Make sure that the adhesive side of the tiles are pushed down firmly particularly around the edges so they don't create tripping points.

Untidy edges at the top and bottom of the staircase can be tidied by trimming with a utility knife or adding a protective floor rail.