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TIPS FOR INSTALLING CARPETS ON STAIRS

Carpet installation can be quite time-consuming and tricky, but this task can be accomplished with some patience and understanding. Once you’ve selected the carpet and prepped the stairs, you’re ready to begin with the installation.

Before you start, make sure you learn the terms for the parts of staircase as speaking the same language will help you follow the instructions easily.

Following are the tools and supplies that you’ll be needing:

  • Stapler
  • Carpet
  • Cutting tools
  • Knee kicker

There are different Carpet Calgary installation methods from which you’ll have to choose. The most common and easiest one is the French Cap method.

The French Cap Installation Method

In this method you basically have to wrap your carpet around the edge of a thread and contour the nosing so it meets the riser and the come straight down the riser. You have to start from the bottom of the stairs and then move upwards. However, if there are more difficult steps at the bottom of the stairs, you can start from the top and work downwards.

Here are a few tips to follow that will help you with install your staircase carpet easily:

  1. Staple the Carpet

By stapling the carpet to bottom riser and work with the nose of the stapler in between the carpet fibres, so that the fibre doesn’t get caught in the staple and create a tiny dent in the carpet. However, in case a fibre gets caught in the staple, pull it out gently using a flathead screwdriver.

Then fasten the carpet under the thread nosing with staples and wrap it around the nosing and over tack strip which is at the back of thread. Use a knew kicker to stretch the carpet tightly to the back of the thread. Hold it there until you’re able to apply staples behind the back of thread. The staples will be applied behind tack strip. The next step is to stretch the carpet over the tack strips on the side by using a kicker. Position the kicker such that it faces the side wall and then stretch it in that direction.

  • Trim the Extra Carpet

Once you’re done with fastening the carpet, trim if any excess is there. Keep repeating the process with the next risers. The basic process with always remain the same, however, the type of stairs you are working with will decide how you end the installation. So before you begin, you’ll have to determine if you have pie stairs, cap stairs, Hollywood stairs, or bullnoses.

  • Cap Stairs

If your stairs are open from the side with railings, the carpet will have to be cut around each railing post and then re-joined from the other side. The first step is to install the thread as explained above. The next step is to make slit in line with each railing post all the way to the edge of the carpet that is away from the stair. Then wrap the carpet around the post. If you have bigger wooden posts, then you can trim some extra carpet around the base of railing post.

Once you’ve brought the carpet around the railing posts, just wrap it around sides of the stairs and fasten it under the side nosing. For contouring the 90° angle with the front of the stair meets the side of the stair, just make a diagonal slit in the carpet starting from the corner towards the outside of the carpet. By doing so, the carpet can be folded and brought together to be placed on the whole step.

  • Pie Stairs

If you have curved or pie-shaped stairs, then you have to install your carpet on the riser by following the same steps mentioned above. Start by fastening the carpet to the surface underneath the nosing. Then bring the carpet across the thread and over the lip. The only difference in this case will be that there will more excess carpet to trim. The carpet on a pie-shaped stair should be at once off the thread nosing or otherwise it will look crinkled when you look at the stairs from the bottom.

  • Bullnoses

A staircase that has curved edge on the outside is called as bullnose. It is usually the at the bottom as the first stair of the staircase. You can install the carpet by wrapping it around the bent lip of the stair. For doing so, you’ll have to make a slit in the same way as made for the cap stair, and then flex the carpet around the curve. Depending on the stair depth, you may have to make two to three slits to entirely cover your stair.

  • Hollywood Stairs

Stairs without risers are known as Hollywood stairs. Carpet installation on these stairs is relatively simple. The same basic process applies except that the carpet in completely wrapped around the thread and then stapled underneath.

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