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Carpet Runners For Stairs

Updated on January 9, 2014

Elegant Carpet Runners For Stairs, Hallways And Outdoors

Many people ignore how much carpet runners for stairs can do for their home. As a matter of fact I didn't give them earlier much though either, until I visited the new home of a friend of mine who has just moved to a house they were building with her husband.

Her entire home was beautifully decorated with matching colors and patterns throughout each room. The house has one floor plus the ground floor and when I went up the stairs to visit the top floor, I noticed the beautiful staircase carpet runner that I was just then stepping on.

And let me tell you, I got enthralled. So much that I next went out and bought my own carpet runners. What a difference can a decorative carpet runner make in a home!

Here you will find some of the most decorative carpet runners that you can add to your inside or outside staircases for that extra elegant touch that any cared for home deserves.

This image shows the Gray carpet runner I ended up buying. It has a very lush feeling to walk on, without an overpowering color or feel to it. Just perfect for my staircase!

Why Is A Carpet Runner So Popular

carpet runner for staircases
carpet runner for staircases

You'd be surprised just how many people have inner staircases in their homes. With a fast growing population and literally overcrowded places to live in, you'd think that people live in smaller and smaller places - which is in fact true. That's why so many folks build taller homes rather than wider, so that a staircase is a very normal home accessory to give way to a first floor in the house.

Especially because the staircases are inside, they need to be not only protected, but also looking great, decorative for the place. And this is where inner carpet runners are all the rage right now.

So what exactly are carpet runners anyway? Well, these are long rugs that are made especially to be laid down on the stairs, like the one shown above. Basically these types of runners can also be used in any other narrow place in the house, such as hallways, or in the kitchen, but the staircase is a really good candidate for them.

They add that decorative element to the home, and they protect the wooden staircase from use and abuse, as well as dust, grime and dirt.

Some people install the runners by themselves, while others have them installed by professionals. Which you opt for will depend on whether your are a DIY kind of person, on your budget and finances and whether you like to do things around the house or trust more a pro to do in the right way.

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Caramel Scroll Border Carpet Runner
Caramel Scroll Border Carpet Runner

Caramel Scroll Border Carpet Runner

An elegant and inexpensive carpet runner for stairs which goes well in any home. It is sold by the leaner foot. Made of quality nylon with a non-slip backing that keeps the runner from sliding around. It also has a scotchguard protection.

green carpet runner
green carpet runner

Green Viscose Blend Carpet Runner

Here is another beautiful carpet runner. If your home color décor has green in it, this runner is the perfect accessory to add to your staircase for elegance and stairs protection.

Multicolored Carpet Runner For Stairs

Carpet Runner Multi Colored 7 Sample Swatches | Renovator's Supply
Carpet Runner Multi Colored 7 Sample Swatches | Renovator's Supply

Multicolored Carpet Runner For Stairs

Fancy some colorful carpet runner for your stairs? This one perfectly fits the bill, as you won't find a more colorful one than this.

Perfect for any modern home with fresh colors, which don't shy away from showing through.

 
greenish carpet runner
greenish carpet runner

Green Carpet Runner For Stairs

Here is yet another green carpet runner, this time with some lovely motifs on it. As a matter of fact I have a similar one at home, however not for my staircase but along the long hallway leaning from the living room to the bedroom. It fits perfectly for that purpose as well.

Enduring style with a beautiful home enhancement

Long-wearing, stain resistant polypropylene

Protects floors and stairways

26 inches wide, sold by the running foot

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Light Blue Carpet Runner
Light Blue Carpet Runner

Light Blue Carpet Runner

uite an adorable color for an indoor carpet runner. This goes well with pretty much every interior décor color combination.

Enduring style with a beautiful home enhancement

Luxurious richness of 100 percent New Zealand wool

All natural cotton jute backing

Sold by the running foot

Remember:

Most of these carpet runners can be used both for staircases and for regular floors such as hallways. They decorate as well as protect your floor (and family from slips and falls)

Skid Resistant Carpet Runners

Gray Skid Resistant Carpet Runner

Skid-resistant Carpet Runner - Gray - 10 Ft. X 27 In. - Many Other Sizes to Choose From
Skid-resistant Carpet Runner - Gray - 10 Ft. X 27 In. - Many Other Sizes to Choose From

As you can see, this carpet runner is also used for hallways to protect the floor (and your family) from skidding. A beautiful runner which blends nicely in with many home decor colors, without being overpowering.

Made of high-quality olefin carpet with a premium, skid-resistant rubber backing

Finished on all edges to prevent fraying

Low pile-height (approx. 1/4 inch)

Easy to clean

Made in the U.S.A.

 

Brown Skid Resistant Carpet Runner

Skid-resistant Carpet Runner - Chocolate Brown - 10 Ft. X 27 In. - Many Other Sizes to Choose From
Skid-resistant Carpet Runner - Chocolate Brown - 10 Ft. X 27 In. - Many Other Sizes to Choose From

Another carpet runner that will protect your feet and that of your family from slipping and falling - or taking a tumble down your stairs. Again this runner is perfect both for staircases and for flat surfaces, like the hallway.

Made of high-quality olefin carpet with a premium, skid-resistant rubber backing

Finished on all edges to prevent fraying

Low pile-height (approx. 1/4 inch)

Easy to clean

Made in the U.S.A.

 

Benefits Of Carpet Runners:

Using carpet runners instead of fixed full carpets will save you lots of money in the long run. Also they are easier to clean and install.

Outdoor Carpet Runners

Outdoor Carpet Runner - Black - 3' x 50' - Many Other Sizes to Choose From
Outdoor Carpet Runner - Black - 3' x 50' - Many Other Sizes to Choose From

Carpet runners are great not only for your home interior but also for outdoors. They make your house exterior look elegant and classy, while at the same time protecting people from slipping and falling if the floor outdoors is wet or slippery from snow.

Made of high-quality, polyolefin indoor/outdoor carpet with a rubber marine backing

Low pile-height with a ribbed texture to provide traction

Finished on all edges to prevent fraying

UV-Protected - weather and fade resistant

Durable, light-weight and easy-to-clean (just hose off and dry)

 
Red Carpet Aisle Runner - 4' x 15' - Many Other Sizes to Choose From
Red Carpet Aisle Runner - 4' x 15' - Many Other Sizes to Choose From

If you want something special for your outdoors, something that even your neighbors will be green with envy about, then try this gorgeous red outdoors carpet runner. Perfect for any home exterior to protect and enhance the ambient, you won't go wrong with this piece!

Made of real, high-quality, polyolefin indoor/outdoor carpet with a rubber marine backing

Low pile-height with a ribbed texture to provide traction

Finished on all edges to prevent fraying

UV-Protected - weather and fade resistant

Durable, light-weight and easy-to-clean (just hose off and dry)

 
Safavieh Courtyard Collection CY1906-3908 Black and Sand Indoor/ Outdoor Runner (2'3" x 6'7")
Safavieh Courtyard Collection CY1906-3908 Black and Sand Indoor/ Outdoor Runner (2'3" x 6'7")

This carpet runner can be both used indoors and outdoors. I've actually seen it used outdoors with success. It's very durable, long lasting and it protects as well. Quite a good find actually.

The high-quality polypropylene pile fiber adds durability and longevity to these rugs

The powerloomed construction add durability to this rug, ensuring it will be a favorite for a long time

The modern style of this rug will give your room a contemporary accent

This rug features a black background with a pattern in shades of natural sand

This runner measures 2-feet 4-inch by 6-feet 7-inch

 
Outdoor Carpet Runner - Gray - 3' x 30' - Many Other Sizes to Choose From
Outdoor Carpet Runner - Gray - 3' x 30' - Many Other Sizes to Choose From

A lovely matte gray carpet runner for outdoors that blends in easily in every spot (as you can see from the picture attached). You can't not fall in love with this piece that protects and beautifies at the same time.

Made of high-quality, polyolefin indoor/outdoor carpet with a rubber marine backing

Low pile-height with a ribbed texture to provide traction

Finished on all edges to prevent fraying

UV-Protected - weather and fade resistant

Durable, light-weight and easy-to-clean (just hose off and dry)

 

Don't Forget:

When you buy your carpet runners for stairs, be it for indoors or outdoors, buy them by the foot, This way you will know exactly how much you need, and won't buy too much of the material.

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      Hamzah 3 years ago

      I grew up with mats like these (I'm from the Philippines) and they were just cheap things you could buy at any makert. I love these because they remind me of home and my childhood, but reinvented with a modern and fresh palette.

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      Brian 3 years ago

      These are fascinating stats! Half martahons are so fun! I will be running in the Nike Women's Half in San Francisco in a few weeks! I hope you keep it up and achieve your goal!

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      christine_d1259 5 years ago

      Outdoor runners are my favorite! You've got a lot of great styles that would work well outdoors as they are dark and won't show any dirt patches. Perfect for putting your garden on display.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I didn't know that there were outdoor carpet runners!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice lens. I love your selection of carpet runners. Thanks for sharing.

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      CarpetCleaningG 6 years ago

      I put velcro on the back of carpet runners and it stops them from slipping, it's easy to do and keeps your mats and runners in place.

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      I've never used one, but you present them well here. Using one outdoors is a new idea for me, yet I can see the practicality of placing those runners strategically. Maybe the intro pic could be enhanced, though. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your lens. You did a fantastic job!

      One squid thumbs up vote issued for this lens :)

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I have stair threads for the steps outside the house and these are there for safety reasons. My mom had carpet runners installed on her wood stairs partly to keep her from slipping and also to enhance the overall look.

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      MagicBeanDip 6 years ago

      I love the carpet runner on our wooden staircase. Keeps me from slipping and keeps my feet warm in the middle of the night.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Surely this is a beautiful idea! It does enhance the beauty of the house. Nice designs you have selected here! Best wishes. :)

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