Hollywood Stair Runner vs Waterfall Stair Runner

Did you know there were two types of stair runners: there is a hollywood stair runner and waterfall stair runner. Here are the differences between the two.

Hollywood vs. Waterfall

The “Waterfall” method involves bringing the carpet over the edge of the tread and straight down the riser to meet the next tread. Without molding it to the riser, it creates a waterfall effect. It is the most common installation method because of the clean look. This method is more appropriate for thicker carpets that are more difficult to wrap around the edge of the tread.

The term “Hollywood” style refers to a specific installation method. The installer is tacking down the carpet directly to the staircase. As you can see, the carpet is wrapped around the edge of the tread, contouring the nosing to meet the riser. The carpet or runner gets stapled under the nose of the stair.

You need to remember, every home is different and so are the layouts of each stair case. It is always extremely helpful to provide us a picture so we can help you determine the best course of action. The premier floor-covering material is wool for a number of reasons. In terms of stair covering, wool provides the most resiliency, which means it will stand up to traffic the longest without showing wear paths.

Nylons fall just behind wools and are preferred by some because they don’t shed. Olefins and polyesters are at the bottom of the list because they look and feel the most plasticy. In terms of pile, the most important thing to consider is the pile height. Plush carpets will show wear a lot quicker and more dramatic than tight pile carpets. Check out our stair carpet buyers guide for more information!

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