Monday, January 31, 2011

Stair Runners

My friend emailed me over the weekend, "Fran, I fell down the stairs yesterday and I can't get up!"  Ha..(a running joke between the two of us).  In all seriousness, though, she did fall slightly (thank goodness she is okay and that she wasn't holding her baby), but said she was in desperate need of a stair runner and didn't know where to begin.  Could I help?

Runners are practical and stylish additions to any staircase.  Before selecting one though, you want to consider your other area rugs or carpets that are in view of the staircase and make sure the runner will coordinate (not match) with them.

A runner should be wide enough to cover most of the main section of the stair, leaving about 3 inches on each side (from edge of runner to wall or baluster).

Choose a flat weave carpet rather than a cut-pile or plush carpet.  They install better.

Dark patterned runners are more forgiving and will hide a lot especially if you have kids and dogs.  But, a light to medium tone is always a classic choice.

One of the most stylish and affordable rug companies I know is Dash and Albert and is always a good place to start.

The next couple of days, I'll be researching some sources for my friend.  If you've had any luck purchasing runners and want to make any suggestions - they are more than welcome!!  Also, we'll be sure to take some before and after pictures!


  1. No suggestions, but this is on LONG wish list and I will be interested in what you find. Glad your friend is OK.


  2. You know I've never really thought about one, not sure why but seeing your post makes me reconsider- I'm always worried about the kids falling and I love the subtle pattern that they bring to a space-'ve got me thinking. Good luck with your search- I'm sure you'll find something fabulous!

  3. Thanks for putting this together Fran. One of my friends is considering a runner for her stairway and I can't wait to pass this on to her!

  4. Don't have any great resources, but is that a runner down some outdoor stone steps? That is intriguing! Good luck, looking forward to see the solution you come up with! Janell

  5. Love the ones with lots of texture. A friend of mine used a floral runner on her steps about 10 years ago. I thought she'd end up regretting it, but it still looks as fabulous today as it did then and it really conceals the dirt.

  6. I too love the Dash and Albert ones. There's just something about strips on step that get me every time! I'm looking at D & A's indoor/outdoor runners since they're great for lots of traffic.

  7. Oh my goodness, I'm glad she's okay. I have fallen down my very old, crooked, steep stairs more times than I care to count. I really want to get a runner on those stairs--for the look but also for safety! I love the D&A rugs, but have you seen what Pink to Green did? This carpet came from Lowe's if you can believe it. Very affordable--and you can have them install!

  8. awesome pictures. that second one - oh my!! right click and save!! also love the navy stripes!

  9. Forget the runners... that stained wood floor from house beautiful is haunting my dreams!

  10. The EXACT same thing happened to me (luckily, not holding baby either) and my mind has been on a Dash and Albert rug ever since. I'm wondering if I could purchase a runner and install it myself? Too ambitious?

  11. Hi Fran, LOVE your blog... I mentioned it on mine today ;)

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  13. Runners patters are good, can you give ny idea about round stairs runners?

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