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Sources And Tips For DIY Stair Runners

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This post is for all of you that love the DIY stair runner idea and are tempted to take it on yourself.

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The seagrass runner I installed on our stairs over three years ago is still going strong – it has held up fantastically to daily traffic from the five of us, showing no wear and tear, and is still as secure as the day I put it in! Based on the traffic I get to my stair runner posts (how to install a stair runner and how our seagrass stair runner has held up), the repins of this project, and the inquiries I receive on a weekly basis, I’d say there are many of you out there who have thought about trying this DIY too!

While there are many beautiful rug runners out there, this post is specifically about runners that would work well for a DIYer to install easily and without a lot of fuss. First, a few quick tips!

 

WHAT TO AVOID FOR STAIR RUNNERS 

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Rugs with big loops, like this comfy, cushy jute rug.

WHY? Because the loops pull more easily than tightly woven rugs like seagrass, and the thick loops show traffic over time. If you’re going to spend your money and time on a runner that will be stapled to your stairs, you’re going to want it to last for a good long time and be resilient to wear and tear.

We had this very rug above in our living room for a couple years, and with it’s soft fibers and cushy loops come wear and tear in the form of traffic patterns and pulled loops. It’s a great rug for a family room but I wouldn’t recommend it for stairs.

I would be weary of DIYing the installation of a thick, tufted rug also. My concern there is that it would be challenging to make it nice and tight and SAFE, which is of course the #1 concern with this project. If you have your heart set on a tufted rug, you may consider a professional installation.

 

BEWARE OF…

Stripes and how they will fall on your stairs.  If ordering a striped runner (or even another pattern) it might be worth your while to first order the smallest version of the rug and giving it a trial run on your stairs so you can see how it will look once installed.

Piecing together several runners.  I was lucky that the runner I wanted came in really long lengths, so I was able to use one continuous runner that I cut in two pieces for the lower and upper parts of our stairs. If you need to piece together runners, consider where the pattern, if any, will fall. A solid or even a stripe might be advantageous to you here.

HOW TO MAKE THE INSTALL LOOK PROFESSIONAL

Make sure the runner is perfectly aligned on the center of the stairs

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make sure the staples are not visible. I hid the staples on the raw edge of my runner with a piece of trim stained to match the wood.

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Also noteworthy are stair rods, which not only can hide staples at the back of each tread, but also add a beautiful finishing touch to your runner.

 

THE KINDS OF RUNNERS I RECOMMEND FOR THE DIYER

Seagrass – for their durability and nice flat weaves that still have enough texture to hide staples beautifully,

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Indoor/Outdoor non-tufted – also for their ability to hide traffic patterns over time, as well as scrubbability – a pretty awesome feature in a home with kids and/or pets! Synthetic materials are also fairly easy to cut and are pliable for installing.

A decade ago I would never have considered putting an indoor/outdoor carpet inside my house, but wow have they come a long way! Today’s synthetic carpets come in so many beautiful patterns and textures that I would use in my house in a heartbeat!

 

Okay, are you ready for some pretty inspirations for your own DIY stair runner install??

I thought I would put together a little list of ten or so runners, but there were so many good ones out there I couldn’t stop!!

I looked for runners that were all around the same size (2’x8′ seems to be the most common) so that you can compare price. If an 8′ length was not available I put the length in bold. Many of these rugs are sold by various sources but these are the best prices at the moment. Also note that a lot of these runners are available in different colors.

Here you go my friends….a roundup of some of my favorite runners for the DIY installer, listed by source.

Rug runners that are perfect for the Do-it-yourselfer to install

 

OVERSTOCK

Herringbone Seagrass – Beige Border (2’6″x10′) – $59  This is the one I installed on my stairs!

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Basketweave Seagrass – Gray Border (2’6″x8′) – $47.59   I have this same rug in both my living room and dining room. The border is a warm grey that is very neutral. Love love love.

Rug runner for stairs - Basketweave Seagrass with gray border

 

Basketweave Seagrass – Beige Border (2’6×8′) – $67  Ballard’s version is $99 for this size. It’s the exact same rug as above, but with the beige border.

Rug runner for stairs - basketweave seagrass rug with beige border

 

Brown & Bone Quatrefoil Indoor/Outdoor (2’3″x20′) – $82
Rug runner for stairs - trellis patterned indoor outdoor rug

 

JOSS & MAIN

Brynne Indoor/Outdoor (2’3″x7’9″) -$37  Who cares if chevron is dead? Just call it zig zag. Love the greenish blue edging.

Rug runners for stairs - chevron in khaki and cream

 

Evans Indoor/Outdoor Rug (2’3″x7’9″) – $40 I think this one would look amazing on stairs!

Rug runners for stairs - this black and natural geometric indoor outdoor runner would bring a fun punch to a set of stairs!

Gladys Indoor/Outdoor (2’3″x10′) – $50

Rug runner for stairs - blue and white lattice pattern on indoor/outdoor rug

 

Edward Indoor/Outdoor (2’6″x8′) – $129  Also spotted on the pricier Dash & Albert site!

Rug runners for stairs - platinum and white diamond patterned indoor outdoor rug

 

and in blue…..

McKenzie Indoor/Outdoor (2’6″x8′) – $129

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The black version is a bit less!

Daphne Indoor/Outdoor (2’6″x8′) $103

Rug runners for stairs - black and white diamond pattern

 

Nancy Indoor/Outdoor (2’3″x8′) – $41.95

Rug runner for stairs - indoor outdoor Greek key-like pattern in grey and white

 

BALLARD DESIGNS

 Geneve Indoor/Outdoor Rug (1’11″x7’6″) – $55

Rug Runner For stairs

 

Navarre Indoor/Outdoor Rug (2’7″x8’2″) – $59

Rug runners for stairs - Ballard Designs Navarre Indoor/Outdoor Rug

 

Marina Indoor/Outdoor Rug (2’7″x8’2″) – $59

Rug runners for stairs - Ballard Designs Marina Rug

 

Tricia Trellis Indoor/Outdoor (2’7″x8’2″) – $59

Rug runners for stairs - Ballard Designs Tricia Indoor Outdoor Rug

 

Windowpane Jute Rug (2’6″x8′) – $99  This one is bordering on being a big-loop rug that I cautioned against, but it appears to be pretty tightly woven.

Rug runners for stairs - Ballard Designs Windowpane Jute Rug

 

Diamond Sisal Rug (2’6″x8′) – $159

Rug runners for stairs - Ballard Designs Diamond Rug

I love this rug in the grey colorway!

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Vineyard Stripe (2’x8′) – $219  This is the only wool blend rug on the list, and the most expensive, but it’s thin, tight weave looks like it would work well as a stair runner, possibly in a home where shoes are not worn 🙂

Rug runners for stairs - Ballard Designs Vineyard Stripe wood rug

 

CRATE & BARREL

Koen Grid Sky Indoor/Outdoor Rug (2’5″x8′) – $99

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AMAZON

See all these affordable runners in the Shine Your Light Amazon shop!

 Ottomanson Jardin Trellis Indoor/Outdoor (2’7″x7‘) – $21.26

Blue Striped Indoor/Outdoor Rug (2’3″x8′) – $40

 Navy Striped Indoor/Outdoor (2’3″x8′) – $34

Safavieh Courtyard Plaid Indoor/Outdoor Rug (2’3″x10′) – $45

WAYFAIR

Liora Manne Sorrento Rugby Black and White Stripe (2’x8′) – $59

rug runners for stairs - black and white rugby striped indoor outdoor runner

Rug runners for stairs - black and white stripe indoor outdoor

Liora Manne Terrace Blue (1’11″x7’6″) – $64

Rug runners for stairs - cobalt blue indoor outdoor runner

 

What do you think – would you take on DIYing a stair runner in your own home? If so I hope this roundup helps you figure out what material and style you’d like!

If you want all the details on how to do it, check out my seagrass stair runner tutorial!

Happy weekend ahead lovelies, and thanks for stopping by!

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