July 11, 2023


Step-Up Your Staircase Style: A Case for the Stair Runner

I'm Paula

A former Kindergarten teacher/part-time home flipper turned CEO – having traded my love for the classroom for my love of beautiful spaces!  

Now a surface specialist, design lover, and the founder of Iron River Surfaces – my combined passions for beautiful finishes and education merge together in our little blog as the team and I share helpful tips, design trends, inspirational ideas, and a little bit about ourselves along the way!  

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When it comes to flooring and surfaces, it’s natural to focus first on the larger elements within your home like hardwood and tile. 

However, it’s often the smaller surface details that can make a BIG difference in enhancing the overall aesthetic and functionality of your space.  One such detail that has become increasingly popular amongst our clients here at Iron River Surfaces is the stair runner!  Beautiful and functional, stair runners offer so many advantages with many design possibilities and a plethora of options available here in our gallery.

Stair carpet runners are long, narrow rugs that are installed along the length of your staircase and landings. They not only add visual interest to your home, but they also serve a practical purpose. 

Let’s dive into some of the reasons why a stair carpet runner may be a great addition to YOUR home!


Carpet stair runners provide an element of safety and protection.  Walking up and down a bare wooden or tiled staircase can be slippery and dangerous, especially for children and older adults (and dogs!)   Click here for more on that!  And installing a carpet runner adds an extra layer of traction, reducing the risk of slips and falls.  Additionally, the cushioning effect of a runner provides a softer landing in case of accidents.  


Apart from safety, stair carpet runners also help in noise reduction. If you live in a multi-level home or have a staircase near your living area, you’re probably familiar with the clattering sound of footsteps echoing throughout the house. A carpet runner acts as a sound buffer, absorbing and dampening the noise, creating a quieter and more peaceful environment.  And who doesn’t appreciate that!


Maintenance is another aspect to consider. Stair carpet runners are relatively easy to clean and maintain compared to fully carpeted stairs. They can be vacuumed regularly to remove dust and debris, and any spills or stains can be spot-treated with ease.  Additionally, if a section of the runner gets worn out or damaged, it can be replaced without having to replace the entire carpeting on the stairs.


Stair runners can also increase the lifespan of your hardwood staircase. Constant foot traffic can cause wear and tear on wood treads.  A carpet runner acts as a protective layer, preventing direct contact between things like high heels and toy trucks with the stairs, thus preserving their condition.  And it is much less costly and much less of an inconvenience to replace a runner down the road, in comparison to a full hardwood staircase.


Now, let’s talk about the fun part – DESIGN!  Stair carpet runners come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and materials, allowing you to choose one that perfectly complements your home’s vibe.   We carry a wide range of options (all complete with impeccable install of course!)  Whether you prefer a classic, traditional look or a more contemporary and bold design, there’s a stair carpet runner to suit every taste.  A runner can serve as a design focal point, adding visual interest to an otherwise overlooked area of your home!

Stair carpet runners are a practical and beautiful addition to any home.  They provide safety, reduce noise, add visual appeal, and protect your staircase from damage.  With the wide variety of material, binding, and installation options available, you can easily find a runner that aligns with your style and enhances the overall aesthetic of your home. 

So, why not give your staircase the attention it deserves? 
Reach out to us via our Contact page to schedule your 1:1 appointment with a member of our Iron River Surfaces team and explore the possibilities!

All featured projects are supplied and installed by Iron River Surfaces.

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