Carpet stair treads are an effective means of improving the safety of staircases, stairwells, and other indoor stairways. Carpet stair treads are necessary for most homes, especially when the floor is such that it can get wet easily. Do it yourself carpet stair treads will be easy to install and protect your family from accidental slips.
One of the primary reasons to install carpet stair treads is to improve safety to travel from one floor to the next. The best way to protect the steps is to have treads covering the entire surface or at least as much as possible. Carpet treads are great for indoors, however for outdoors they are not suitable. You can use carpet remnants instead to build your own custom stair treads.
DIY Carpet Stair Treads:
- Measure the steps on your stairs and multiply the measurements together to get the area. This will help you to determine approximately how much carpeting you need.
- Lay a piece of newspaper on a stair step and trace over the step with a pen. Then cut out the shape to make a pattern that will fit the step.
- Lay the pattern over the back of the carpet remnant. Trace around the pattern with a pen, marking the remnant. Repeat until you have marked the carpet for each step. This will be the best way to cut the carpet so that you use as little carpeting as possible.
- Cut out your carpet pieces with a utility knife or a carpet knife. Run a small bead of seam sealer along the edges of each piece. Some carpets such as vinyl backed, do not require seam sealer. Just wait until the glue dries.
- Clean the stairs and remove as much dust as possible.
- Attach each carpet piece to a step. Carpet tape is suited for attaching carpet to most types of stairs.
Tips for installation:
Understand the limitation of rubber stair treads:
There are a few instances in which carpet treads should not be applied to steps. The steps will compromise the foundation on which the tread is placed. Carpet products are to be used on indoor stairways and it will compromise the surface of the step.
Clean each stepping surface prior to installation:
Each stepping surface must be clean in preparation for stair tread installation. All oils, grease, rust, paint and adhesive residue must be removed.
Trim each stair for a custom fit:
Stair treads are made oversized and untrimmed to ensure they cover the entire surface of the most common steps. This allows you to custom fit each tread to each step by cutting away the extra material.
Clean away any excess adhesive:
After using a hand roller to finalize the installation, wipe away the adhesive residue from the front and sides. Extra adhesives can be removed with a damp cloth.
The above are tips for expert installation and take a proactive step towards a cleaner. For commercial and residential areas vinyl stair treads are recommended for added safety.