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DIY: Install a Colorful Stair Runner

DIY: Install a Colorful Stair Runner
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When we moved into our charming, century-old, Providence home, there were several changes that I wanted to make. I made my list in order of urgency, and right after “change the awful paint colors,” came “get rid of the scary brown stair protectors.”

When I pulled up the stair protectors, I found, to my horror, that the wood underneath had been damaged, and was no longer aesthetically pleasing. It was obvious that the best, and most cost-effective solution, was to invest in a runner to not only cover the damaged wood, but also to add some interest to the stairwell. I decided on a beautiful, colorful and most important, durable, runner from Dash and Albert (I needed three to cover the length of my stairs).

When installing a runner, it is important to first install a non-slip rug pad underneath, to keep your runner in place. Stairs endure plenty of wear and tear- a rug pad will keep the runner from shifting under the heavy foot traffic.When it comes to advanced carpentry projects (which in my mind, this is!), I often turn to the This Old House website, because I appreciate their expertise, and even the most crafty of us sometimes need a helping hand. For step-by-step instructions on installing a stair runner, visit this link.

So what more can I provide you with, if not the DIY instructions themselves? Plenty of great runner links to add a bit of color to your home:

  • Dash and Albert is hands-down, my favorite rug company. Affordable, durable, colorful and well-made. The only issue is that the runners are short, so you have to buy several to cover a staircase, and seamlessly overlapping the rugs can be a bit tricky.
  • Company C has gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous runners- enough said.
  • With a bit of searching, you can often find beautiful runners at Home Depot…I particularly love this green and blue beauty.
  • Even Ikea has a few interesting runner choices. Perhaps you would be willing to attempt this rainbow colored staircase using Ikea runners!?
  • Or what about scrapping the rug altogether and trying one of these kooky creative ideas via Apartment Therapy. Would you be brave enough to give it a try?

See more of Christine’s diy projects.

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Updated Thursday, July 21st, 2011

2 Responses to DIY: Install a Colorful Stair Runner

  1. Kathleen February 17, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    Loved your article on stair runners. Also the color you chose for the walls are beautiful..Loving my Yankee Magazine on this cold winter morning!

  2. Elizabeth Flannery February 17, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    Used the same Dash and Albert runners on my steps about 10 years ago. It still looks great. All you do is use a little warm water and a tiny drop of dish soap to get out stains. It sure makes life easy.

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