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DIY Stair Runner

You know when I come on here and I tell you about a new project and sometimes I am usually doing a happy dance about it?

Well for this project..still an awesome one, I think it might be the hubby doing all the happy dancing for this one. But that’s not really a sight you would want to see!

Since our kids started walking and managing the stairs in our home on their own my hubby has been saying we need to get a pads on the stairs so they’re not slippery. And they were really slippery.

Raised Ranch Entry with Faux shiplap wall

My son was 4 when we did this project, so you can imagine how long he has been waiting for some kind of rug or carpet on our stairs.

But of course with with me..I need to find one I like etc.

When our daughter was learning how to go down the stairs, he was getting really adamant. Even making threats of buying sticky pads to put on the stairs!

That made me jump into action. First, I measured the steps so I knew the size of the runner I was looking for.

I didn’t love the “actual” carpet runners that were offered in stores, so I looked for a regular indoor/outdoor runner we could use.

I found one on (affiliate) 

When we received the rugs I loved them but against the dark brown stain on the stairs it clashed too much.

So we painted them white! What a difference! It looks so clean and fresh.

To put the runner down, we started at the top and just used a staple gun to on the edges to hold it in place. Of course I was so excited to get it done, I didn’t take any in progress pictures! But you can search on pinterest or youtube for some great tutorials if you need them.

When I got to the bottom there was about 4 inches excess and I used a utility knife to cut it off and tucked it behind the trim.

How great does it look now!  It’s so soft, warm and non slippery now I’m kicking myself I didn’t do it sooner! Hubby was right…

Our door doesn’t look like this anymore! Did you know you can cut your door and replace the glass for cheaper than buying a new door? We did it to our metal door and it was such a great project! Check it out here.

dining room pictured with links to projects


Friday 18th of February 2022

Have you had any trouble keeping the runner clean? Do uou just use a vacuum attachments as though it were installed carpet?


Saturday 19th of February 2022

Nope, It's an indoor outdoor rug so easily wipe clean and vacuum if necessary.


Tuesday 25th of May 2021

It looks great! I have a raised ranch also and the stairs are one of my most hated areas on the house! I’m wondering how you guys got the rug to not have a gap when going over the ‘lip’ of the stair treads? My stair treads stick out beyond the riser a bit and are rounded. Thanks!


Tuesday 25th of May 2021

We stapled up underneath the lip!


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Really nice! Where did you get your entry rug? Love the design!


Saturday 26th of September 2020



Friday 14th of August 2020

What size did you use?


Monday 15th of June 2020

This is awesome! What color are the walls?


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

SeaShell Grey- Valspar

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