Stair Runners frequently asked questions:
Q. What does unfinished ends or without serging mean?
A. Runner that is cut from a roll has unfinished ends without serging. Unfinished runner material may be used as a stair runner where the end in tucked in where the steps and risers meet. Hall runners will need to be finished by either binding, serging or adding end caps to prevent the runner from fraying.
Q. What does serged ends mean?
A. Serged end finishing is when serging yarn is used to overcast the edge of a runner, keeping the runner from unraveling.
Q. What does end capped mean?
A. A finished runner where the border pattern is matched all the way around the runner like a picture frame.
Example of runner finish options:
Q. Can fringe be added to my runner?
A. Yes, fringe can be added to any runner or rug. Some manufactures do this in their plant at the time of fabrication. Fringe may also be added after market by a fabricator, many companies that provide oriental rug cleaning and repair can add fringe to any runner or rug. Payless Rugs can provide this service for you, the cost vary. For more information please call us toll free at 1-866-784-7123. We will not respond to e-mail inquires regarding fringe or fabrication as there are many questions that usually come up.
Hall runner frequently asked questions:
Q. Do I need a pad under the runner?
A. The pad beneath the runner reduces wear to both the runner and the floor underneath and adds a luxurious feel. There are several choices to consider when choosing the right rug pad depending on the type of runner and the type of underlying floor. Payless Rugs recommends you review the pads we offer Rug Pads and call us toll free at 1-866-784-7123 should you need further assistance.
Stair runner frequently asked questions:
Q. How wide should my stair runner be?
A. The runner should be approximately 6 inches narrower than the staircase measured between a baluster and the skirtboard.
Q. How long should my stair runner be?
A. As a general rule, for a straight staircase, multiply the number of steps by 1 ft 9 in. A more precise length can be obtained as follows: for waterfall installations add the tread depth to the riser height, multiply by the number of treads on each straight run of stairs and add one foot. For winders, pie shaped or curved steps and staircases with landings included it is recommended that steps be professionally measured by an experienced carpet mechanic, in order to determine the correct amount of material needed.
Q. Do I need a pad under the runner?
A. The pad beneath the runner reduces wear on the treads and adds a luxurious feel. Use a firm pad of synthetic or natural fibers, no less than ¼ inch thick and weighing at least 32 ounces a yard. Payless Rugs highly recommends that the stair tread and nose of the step be padded with a quality pad like our Dura Grip Plus Stair Tread Pad, to avoid premature wear.
Q. Can I use stair rods to hold my runner in place?
A. No. Stair rods are for decorative purposes only and will not hold a stair runner in place.
Q. What tools and materials will I need to install a stair runner?
Q. What is a tackless strip?
A. Tackless strips have largely replaced carpet tacks, these thin pieces of plywood are fitted with angled rows of sharp pins protruding through the top side to hold the runner in place where the tread and riser meet .
Q. Is this a job I can do myself?
A. Installing a runner may seem like a simple job and many handy people can install a stair runner on a straight staircase without much difficulty. With that being said it is important to understand this is not a simple job, planning and patience as well as the proper tools and supplies are required. There are many do it yourself books and articles covering this subject in great detail, please review the entire process prior to starting a project of this scope. A professional installer may well be worth the expense if you are in doubt about this project.