Carpet Treads For a Beautiful and Safer Staircase

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A few months, back my daughter-in-love, Nancy, added a touch of pretty carpet to each of the treads of the main stairway in their 1920s cottage home.


In addition to being a pretty accent for the staircase, the carpet made the staircase much safer for the little ones who dash up and down the stairs multiple times a day. It has really made a big difference in how much safer one feels, definitely feels solid and secure as you navigate the stairs.

Similar to Runner, Carpet Treads, Practical and Safe


Nancy found these pretty carpet stair treads here: Carpet Stair Treads.

Staircase Carpet Treads


Here’s the view looking down from the top half of the staircase. I had wondered if the carpet treads would stay in place and they definitely have. They don’t appear to have budged in the slightest. Nancy used carpet tape under the corner of each carpet tread and it has held fast.

Add Style and Safety to Stairway Treads


Nancy also added a pretty runner to the staircase landing. In addition to making the stairs safer for everyone, the carpet beautifully transformed the look of the staircase and landing! (Runner is available here: Runner.)

Pretty Traditional Style Carpet Treads for Stairway


I’ve often thought of adding a runner to my main staircase back home–love the look! Have you ever thought of adding a runner or carpet treads to your stairway?

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  1. It looks nice. I always liked those brass rods that hold the runner down on each step, too if the runner is one continuous piece on a stairway.

  2. Anne C Lovell says

    My mother-in-law finally did it to her staircase, and it definitely changed the look and most important, it made it safer to go down. Her treads are narrower than average and a little steeper too. They look great, it’s almost the same pattern as your daughter-in-law.

  3. Susan,

    Thanks so much for hosting each week!! Stay safe, healthy, happy!!

  4. Thank you Susan! I didn’t know you could buy individual carpet stair treds, they look so much nicer than a runner, so pretty!

  5. Carol Neibling says

    I am so glad to see you back. I missed over a week.

  6. Hi Susan,

    In my former Colonial home we could not use an oriental runner as we had to many curves in the stair. We opted for solid carpet and eventually we left the threads bare when we sold. Our realtor told us that young people don’t like carpet! In our new home the stair is not finished so we went with a new Berber carpet for the stair. We have 2 active grandsons who like to run up the stairs! Nancy’s stairs look lovely!

    • Maureen, I would love to hear back how the Berber holds up. I would love to do something on my staircase at home. I was told many years ago that Berber crushes down, but the Berbers of today may hold up a lot better. Would love to hear how well it lasts since I love the look of pretty Berber on a staircase.

  7. The treads and runner are beautiful Susan! And is that the cutest picture of your grandson!?! So nice when something safe can be lovely too. 🙂

    Happy Monday and thanks for hosting!

  8. Cynthia Blaylock says

    Boy, does this post strike a nerve! About three years ago, I had the carpet pulled off the standard plywood stairs my builder put in and had new, beautiful stairs built, with dark wood treads and painted white risers. On day one, I slid from the top step down to the lower landing, nearly breaking my leg. On day two, my husband slid down, turning in the process and nearly breaking his neck. I immediately went on the Internet and found similar carpet treads, although I bought a dark brown to blend in with the steps. They came with a self-adhesive back so I didn’t even have to use carpet tape. They stayed in place for almost a year until I saved enough to put in a gorgeous leopard print runner. It looks awesome and I get compliments on it all the time.

    • Wow, that is sooo scary Cynthia! I’m so glad you guys were not seriously hurt. Many years ago I was going up the stairs inside a parking garage and I passed a man who was coming down them. As he passed, he casually remarked that going down stairs is nothing more than a “controlled fall.” That has stuck in my brain ever since. Funny how certain things stay with you when half the time I can’t even remember what I ate yesterday. Often when I’m running down stairs now, I remember his comment. lol

  9. That sweet boy sure looks like you!

  10. I am in the process of re-doing our back staircase. Unfortunately, since our home is historic, we are finding lots of problems! But I am determined to finish it soon. Stripped off the old glued on rug, removed all the staples (which took forever), hot gunned all the glue off, stripped the paint and now we are down to the final sanding and re-painting. Then the runner selection will begin. Your post is very timely. Thanks for sharing.

  11. That pattern looks perfect for her home. Do they soften the sound on the stairs? Especially kids running?

  12. Connecting with your site after ages !! Thank you for hosting the party.

  13. I love hearing that Chip and Nancy live in a century old house! Wow, if walls could talk. So interesting to see a house that age that still ‘fits’ with our more modern way of living. Love that. And the stair treads look great! Glad they’re working out.

  14. The stairs are really beautiful, I love it.

  15. Brenda s. Lawrence says

    I don’t have any steps, but would definitely love this is I had a beautiful stairs! Looks so beautiful and I’m sure helps one feel much safer on the steps. Nancy has good tastes! Not surprising though as she has you for a mother-in-love! Hugs, Brenda

  16. These stairs look so good! Thanks so much for hosting each week. I hope you and your family are all well. Hugs, CoCo

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