How to Install Carpet Stair Treads

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What You'll Need
Carpet stair tread
Tackless tape
Floor leveller
Knee kicker

Installing carpet stair treads on your steps is a simple way to tie up the entire look of your house. You can choose a fabric design that can accentuate the interior found in your home. Treads make walking up and down your stairs safer because they provide both traction and padding. You don’t have to ask a professional to do the project for you. The whole procedure is simple enough for you to finish in one day.

Step 1 - Prepare the Stairs

A point of clarification is that stair treads are not like real carpets that you install on the stairs from side to side. It still looks and feels like a carpet but it doesn’t cover the entire width of the steps. Rather they are positioned in the center with the sides left to expose your wooden or carpeted stairs.

There are two ways for you to install your stair treads. The first is to install new carpeting and then install the stair treads. Because you cannot install a carpet on top of your existing stair carpet, then you’ll have to do something cleaning up first before you commence with the entire project. Remove any old carpet that you have and then replace them with the new ones that you have. If you’ll be installing the stair treads immediately, better refinish your existing carpet so that it doesn’t look worn out next to the new stair treads.

You can always use a chemical stain remover for your carpet and a floor leveler if your steps aren’t exactly flat anymore. Be very meticulous with the removal of any adhesive that’s left. Lastly, ensure that the stairs are dry before you start with anything.

When you’re done with all that, find the center of the stairs and mark them.

Step 2 - Prepare the Treads

Attach a strip of tackless tape at the back, central portion, and vertical edges of each step. Leave ¾-inch allowance from the edge.

Step 3 - Install the Padding

The size of your carpet padding should be approximately the same size as your carpet stair tread. Cut out a pad for each of the step and then wrap them the front edges. You can use either tackless tape or staples to secure the padding to the steps.

Step 4 - Install the Stair Carpet Treads

When you’re finally done with the padding, you can start installing the carpet stair treads. To do this, start with the very bottom of the stairs and then secure it in through the tackless tape that you have at each step. You can use an awl to push the carpet stair tread in. When you’re happy with that, staple the carpet stair tread under the riser. On the first step, tuck in the carpet stair tread into the side. You can use a knee kicker for that. When you’re done, simply repeat the installation step until you reach the very top of the stairs.