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How to Choose Carpeting for Stairs

choosing the best carpet for stairsStairs covered with hardwoods look beautiful, but they sure are noisy, and they can even be dangerous. Anyone could lose their footing, especially small children and seniors, and no amount of style is worth a fall down the stairs. To quiet down foot traffic and make staircases safer, many homeowners are opting to cover them with carpet.

Now you’re wondering, “What type of carpet is the best for covering stairs?” If you’re like most, you want a carpet that fits the style of your home and will hold up nicely under heavy foot traffic. Here are our professional tips:

First, when choosing flooring for any room in your home, it’s crucial to consider your lifestyle and use of the space. Are the stairs used rarely or all day long? Do you have children and/or pets? Your answers to these questions will factor into the decisions you make regarding fiber type, density, pattern and durability rating.

In most cases, the best carpet type for high traffic stairs is dense, cut pile with a low profile and woven backing. The shorter fibers used for a low profile won’t matt down as much as a shaggier style, and will show less wear over time. The woven backing will also help keep fibers in place, ensuring that a dense carpet will stay that way.

Density is another characteristic that can affect the look of carpeting on stairs. If the material you choose is less dense, you could wind up seeing the unsightly backing when the carpet wraps over the nosing of the steps. A denser type won’t show the backing and will be less likely to crush, keeping your stairs looking nicer as years go by.

Next up is fiber type. In general, wool, nylon and polyesters hold up best in high-traffic areas because they’re strong and clean up easily. For heavily-used staircases, it’s best to avoid olefin and polypropylene fibers as they tend not to hold up as well. Some carpets are rated by the strength of their fibers. These ratings go from 1-5; 1 being the weakest and 5 being the strongest. The minimum rating suggested for use on stairs would be a 3.

Of course, style is another huge factor to consider. We have a wide selection of solid, textured and patterned carpets that would look great in any home. Choosing a textured style is practical as it will hide dirt and stains easily. The same can also be said for patterns, but you have to careful with patterns because they can create optical illusions and affect a person’s spatial awareness. Patterns can also affect the installation process. To keep costs and waste down, it’s smart to choose a small pattern with a short repeat. A larger, bold pattern can still be beautiful on a staircase, but keep in mind that it can be more expensive to achieve the desired look.

There are even more ways you can ensure that carpet on your stairs looks great and holds up over time. Ask any one of our knowledgeable staff members about warranties and choosing the ideal padding.

Stop by our showroom today! We’ll be more than happy to help you select the best possible carpet type for your stairs. Call us any time to find out more about our incredible selection.