If you are thinking about carpeting your stairs, the first step is to get your steps measured, select your carpet and then begin installing after prepping your steps. In addition, you will need some necessary tools like carpeting, knee kickers and cutting tools. Depending on whether you want the stairs to be fully or partially covered, the instructions can be modified. The waterfall method or the French Cap method are two basic methods of stair carpeting. As per your preference, you can choose either one of them.
The waterfall method involves bringing carpet over the edge of the tread and then bringing it straight down to the next tread without fastening it to the riser. Though it does not give a clean finish, it is a simpler method than the French Cap. The French Cap method, on the contrary, gives a much sleeker appearance. In this method, the carpet is wrapped around the edge of the tread and contouring the nosing to meet the riser, continuing to the next riser. While this method requires a bit of skill, it gives a much more elegant finish.
How to install a carpet on the stairs
Once you have decided the method, start from the bottom and work your way up the staircase while installing the carpet. If you have more difficult steps at the bottom, you can also begin from the easier ones. Start by stapling the carpet to the bottom riser. Make sure to work the nose of the stapler between the fibre so that the fibre is not caught under the staple and you do not land up with an uneven, dimpled carpet. If the fibre gets caught, you can always pull it out gently. As per the type of carpet you are using, you may need more or fewer staples. However, be sure that the staples are distributed evenly across the riser for a better finish.
For installing the treads, make sure to fasten the carpet underneath the nosing of the tread with staples. Then, wrap the carpet around the nosing and bring it over the tack strip from the back of the tread. Stretch the carpet tight using a knee kicker, and pressure holds it in place until you can staple them to the back of the tread. With a kicker, spread it over the side tack strips. You can do this by positioning the kicker to face the side surface and extending in that direction.
Once the carpet is fastened and secured, you can trim the excess edges. Keep repeating the same process for every riser. Although the process is repetitive, there will be small changes depending on the type of staircase you are working with. You will have to take a call on how you want the staircase to look – cap stairs, pie stairs, bullnoses, or Hollywood stairs.
Installing a staircase may seem like a DIY, but one wrong staple can result in a bump on your staircase giving rise to an uneven, unfinished staircase. It is best to rely on experts and professionals like Fairmont Flooring to take up your staircase carpeting project. Their team of qualified crew members work with the latest kind of equipment and raw materials to ensure that your flooring and carpeting encapsulates class and finesse.