How to Lay and Staple Carpeting onto Stairs: A Guide

How to Lay and Staple Carpeting onto Stairs: A Guide

Hiring a professional to install your carpeting isn’t uncommon, but it isn’t always necessary. As long as you have all the materials and carefully follow the necessary steps, you can easily tackle this job yourself. The steps are fairly simply once you break them down; however, it’s imperative that you perform them correctly. To help you out, we’ve created an easy guide on how to lay and staple carpets onto stairs.

What You’ll Need:

Step One: Choose the Correct Carpet

To prevent the need to purchase a new carpet in a few years, you want to invest in quality materials. One of the most important things you can do is purchase carpet that’s easy to clean. Additionally, the thicker matting you buy the better.

Step Two: Measure and Cut

This step is fairly self-explanatory. Take thorough measurements of the stairs and use a utility knife to cut the carpet pieces. To save some time, you could create a pattern—if all your stairs are the same size—to save yourself the trouble of measuring each strip.

Step Three: Apply Tackless Strips

These may or may not already be attached to your stairs. If not, you’ll want to add them, as they’ll help secure the carpet. It’s recommended to cut them one inch shorter than the rest of the carpet. Once you have it in place, staple it down all across the length of the strip.

Step Four: Apply Padding

Though padding isn’t necessarily required, we highly recommend you use it to reinforce your carpet and make it feel plusher. When you apply this, make sure that it doesn’t cover the strip. Place the padding on top of the tread, and staple about every three inches. Then, pull the padding tightly beneath the nose of the stair and staple it into place.

Step Five: Place the Carpet

When you place the carpet, hold it firmly to prevent unsightly bumps. Same as with the padding, secure it to the runner and pull it beneath the nose. Now, push the carpet into the seam, which you can do with a kicker if you wish. Once you’re sure that it’s firmly pressed, staple the carpet in place. To prevent potential creases, place the staples between the fibers of the carpet. If you do catch a fiber, gently remove it with a screwdriver.

Step Five: Cut Away Excess Carpet

It’s always better to have too much material than too little, so you may find that you have a bit of excess carpet. If you do, carefully cut it away with your utility knife.

Step Six: Repeat!

You’ll now continue the application process with each stair. Once you get into the groove of it, you’ll have a beautiful, carpeted staircase in no time.