How to Install Stair Edging in Carpet

What You'll Need
Carpet Runner
Carpet Edging strips
Tape Measure

If you are installing carpet on your stairs, you will need to add some stair edging strips to secure the carpet. Fitting carpet on your stairs can make a lot of difference to the look and feel of a staircase, and you will be able to take the carpet on and off whenever you decide that you'd like a change. If you want a clean, prefect look on the edge of your stairs, you will need to know how to get this done quickly and professionally. This project is not very difficult, and you will be able to complete it within a few hours by following some simple guidelines.

Step 1: Lay the Carpet

Before you can install the stair edging strips, you will need to fit your carpet. You can do this by measuring out enough of the carpet to cover the steps, including both runners and risers, and then nailing it in place on each edge with two nails (one each side of the carpet. This will keep it in place while you do not have the stair edging in place. You could also follow a guide to laying the carpet, so long as the carpet is laid it will make no difference.

Step 2: Place the Carpet Runners

Put your carpet runner onto the stairs. You should take one of the tack-less strips that they use to hold carpet in place, and use this to secure the carpet to the stairs. You may also want to use some double-sided sticky tape to secure the carpet runner, as this can be moved and repositioned easily enough.

Step 3: Using your Edging Strips

You can get edging strips easily enough from any local home improvement store. They come in a range of styles and shapes, and you should be able to use them to get whatever it is that you need for your stairs. You can also find them in a range of colors, from gold and silver to prime colors. They are usually 1 to 2 inches in width, although there are other sizes available in bigger stores. These hold the carpet runner in place, and keep the carpet from fraying.

Step 4: Measure the Step

Take careful measurements of the whole step, and calculate the height, except for the lip or nose. You can then cut the stair edging to fit these areas, using a saw. Cut a strip for each side of the runner, and a strip for each side of the riser. Repeat for every step that has carpet.

Step 5: Fit the Stair Edging

You should then place each stair edging strip under the carpet. Allow half the strip below the carpet, and half on the base of the step. Hammer the nails into place, a mallet is best for this as it provides less energy to the nail. Repeat until all the stairs have been edged.