A small home entry with a staircase with carpet floors and white railings.
This home boasts an attractive L-shape staircase with black iron railings and wooden handrails, along with carpet floors.
This home boasts a staircase with elegant blue carpet floors and light gray walls.
A stunning home with carpet floors extending to the home’s staircase.
A straight staircase with floors covered with classy carpet. It also features a charming white handrail.
A small home entry with a staircase boasting attractive red carpet floors with hardwood rails.
This home boasts a stylish straight staircase with gray carpet floors and a black wall.
This home boasts a modish staircase surrounded by white walls. It features gray carpet floors and wooden handrail.
This home boasts a circular staircase with stylish gray carpet floors and white railings.
A staircase with classy green walls and carpet floors lighted by wall lights.
A glamorous staircase with carpet floors and iron railings, lighted by a stunning grand chandelier.
Modish staircase with gray carpet floors and white walls.
A circular staircase with red carpet floors and white base, along with iron railings.
Traditional bifurcated staircase with stunning carpet flooring and gilded columns.
This home entry features a staircase with green walls lighted by a glamorous chandelier.
This home’s entry features hardwood floors and white walls. The straight staircase features brown carpet floors.
A modern house featuring a very attractive staircase with blue carpet floors and lighted by recessed lights.
This staircase features stylish carpet floors and white walls, along with white railings and wooden handrails.
A modern house featuring an L-shape staircase with brown carpet floors and glass railings, lighted by a gorgeous pendant lighting.
This home features a small staircase with carpet floors and white railings, lighted by a gorgeous chandelier.
A modern home with a stylish staircase featuring stylish black carpet floors and glass railings.
This home boasts a stunning staircase with brown carpet floors and white railings.
Large formal living space with a cozy sofa set near the fireplace, a large bookshelf near the grand piano and a stunning staircase with carpet floors and glass railings.
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This home’s foyer boasts a circular staircase with classy carpet floors and iron railings.
A split staircase with charming carpet floors and steel railings. There’s an attractive wall decor on the middle as well.
A straight staircase with black iron railings and elegant black carpet floors.
This home boasts a glamorous staircase with white carpet floors and lighted by a stunning chandelier.
This home boasts a magnificent staircase with white carpet floors and stylish iron railings lighted by a glamorous chandelier.
A modish L-shaped staircase with stylish gray carpet floors and steel handrails.
A staircase with carpet is often used to give homes a cozy, welcoming feel. It also mutes noise from busy feet. However, carpet stairs are harder to clean than wood or metal stairs.
Our photo gallery has 21 pictures of staircases with carpet. You can use carpet on any staircase, though it seems to be most popular on straight, curved and half-turn staircases. You can even carpet floating stairs, though the installer will need to place them with more precision than carpet on regular stairs.
How to Choose Carpet for Stairs
Your staircase takes the brunt of foot traffic in your house due to the force of gravity as you move down the stairs. Install the best carpet and padding you can afford. Choose a thin, durable carpet when possible. Thick carpet wraps too loosely around the front end of the step and can cause falls.
For best results, choose a carpet with the following characteristics:
- Pile height – ½ inch or less
- Padding – 7/16 inch or less
- Pile density rating – Eight pounds
Consult with your contractor or designer if you have your heart set on thick carpeting. They may be able to accommodate your wishes while ensuring a safe footing for your family.
Carpet Grade Pine
Use knotty carpet or lower-grade pine if you want to cover your stairs with carpet. It’s less expensive and excellent for any staircase, regardless of the type, you want to cover with carpet or a rug. Knotty pine has extreme color variations and may contain empty spaces of up to an inch packed with putty. Despite the imperfections, carpet grade pine remains soft but strong and works well for basement stairs or any treads you want to paint.
Oak and other stronger, more expensive woods, give off a polished sheen and their good looks may be wasted underneath a full carpet covering. Once you’ve spent money on poplar or hardwood, you want to show it off to visitors.
When you need only functional stairs without regard to their looks, carpeting helps. Families with young children benefit from carpeted stairs. Kids love to run up and down stairs, and soft carpet will cushion the blow if they fall.
Fitting Carpet to Your Stairs
Bend the carpet two ways to ensure it fits properly if your stairs have no risers (open underneath). Fit carpet lengthwise over the stair front and by the width of the side. On regular staircases, follow the adage, “Measure twice, cut once” to place carpeting on standard staircases.