How to Make a Carpeted Stair Bullnose

carpet tiles
  • 4-12 hours
  • Beginner
  • 75-250
What You'll Need
Bullnose carpet tiles
Tape measure
Utility knife
Cutting board

A good way to make your stairs safer is to install carpeted stair bullnose tiles. Some people like to make their own from scratch but, for a time saver it is always nicer to use carpet tiles instead of large rolls of carpet to cut down to size. Another beneficial aspect is that these carpet tiles have self adhesive backs, making for even less work to improve your stairs. Here is a guide for installation.

Step 1 - Choose the Bullnose

First, decide which type of carpet tile you want, but don’t buy it at this time. You just need to know the exact size of the tiles so that you can figure out later how many of these tiles you are going to need.

Step 2 - Measure the Area

Measure the length and width of both the rise and the height and width of the step itself. Make sure to write these measurements down so that you have them for future reference.

Step 3 - Do Some Math

Now you need to sit down and figure out how many of these tiles you are going to need to complete the job. Divide the length of one of your steps by the length of one of the tiles you will be using. Make sure to always round up to the nearest number. Divide the step's width by the tiles width. Once again, round up to the nearest number. The larger number will represent how many tiles will be needed for one step. Count the number of stairs you have and then multiply it by the number of tiles it takes to cover one of your steps. Measure the rise of the step. Now add this number to the amount of tiles you already calculated.

Step 4 - Purchase Tiles

Make sure that when you buy the tiles that you buy all that you need then. This way, all of your tiles will be coming from the same lot. This will cut down on mismatched tiles.

Step 5 - Clean the Steps

Clean your steps to get them ready for the carpet tiles. Any kind of debris left over could make your tiles not stick as good.

Step 6 - Set up the Tiles

Remove the tiles from their packaging and let them sit for 24 hours. Make sure that you find the arrows on the back side of the tiles. All the tiles arrows should all be pointing in the same direction.

Step 7 - Make and Use a Template

Use a tile to trace on the cardboard. This will become your template. Mark on the cardboard with chalk what the placement of the tiles will be on the steps. Begin with the center of the rise and work your way out. Once you are at the edge of your stair make sure to mark where a slit must be cut on the template.

Step 8 - Cut the Tiles

Make all the needed cuts you must have on your carpet tiles. Make sure that you always cut the back of the tile and use the cutting board and your utility knife to make these cuts.

Step 9 - Install the Tiles

You are now ready to install the carpet tiles. Make sure you follow the guidelines of the cardboard. Once you have fitted tiles on the first step, repeat the process with the rest of the stairs.