Tips for Your Home While Self Isolating – Stair Runner Safety

Increase The Safety In Your Home With A Stair Runner

One of the most common reasons why customers come to us for a stair runner is because a member of their family has fallen down their stairs. Unfortunately, we hear this scenario a lot more often than we should. Hardwood floors are beautiful and are a staple in home decor. However, these surfaces can be quite slippery and unforgiving. In this post we’ll talk about ways to increase safety in the home with stair runners, carpet, and area rugs. We’ll also discuss other positive benefits of adding these fixtures into your home. If you or someone you know has fallen down stairs, please let us know so we can help!

Why Install A Stair Runner?

There are a number of reasons to add a carpet runner to a staircase. As we mentioned, the most common and perhaps obvious reason is safety. Bare wood floors can be slippery and dangerous, especially when there are children and pets involved. Adding carpet to your stairs creates traction and allows you more grip underfoot when you walk up and down the stairs. In the event you do slip, the runner can serve as a cushioned landing to lessen the potential risk of injury.

Another common reason is to preserve the wood and paint of your stairs. All that traffic leads to wear and a runner will help to preserve the look for as long as it’s there. Beyond safety and preservation, runners also help reduce the noise of people walking. This is often why we continue the stair runner into the upper hall. They say silence is golden so a runner will help you keep your sanity while all your children are home from school. Lastly, a stair runner is a perfect way to add a design element in a space that’s usually ignored. Whether it’s a pop color, fun pattern, or minimalistic feature you can say a lot with what you put on your stairs.

Gray wool herringbone stair runner
This flat woven wool herringbone stair runner is a perfect gray color to fit in with the rest of the decor.

Prevention of Slippage

The stairs are the most commonly walked on part in the house. It’s also the most dangerous due to the finish of the wood. Why leave yourself exposed to that unnecessary risk? With so much else going on in the world, this is an opportunity to ensure health and safety for everyone stuck at home. In many cases, children and pets especially have a hard time going down stairs. This is also true for the elderly and expecting mothers. The same population at risk to Covid-19 is the same at risk for a home accident. When you add a stair runner, the material will create more traction for the foot to get a hold off, allowing for a much safer travel throughout one’s daily routine. The felt cushion underneath will also allow for a soft fall if you ever slip.

Prevention of Damage

Your stairs’ wood surface and paint will never look as good as when the day you move in. Trying to preserve perfection is often a fool’s errand, especially with kids and pets. The only way to guarantee longevity is by covering the surface. Many homeowners are concerned about the damage caused by the installation of the runner. The truth is that damage is minimal compared to the damage that could incur with years worth of heavy traffic going up and down those same stairs. The carpet you use to cover them will bear the brunt of the damage but it can be replaced a whole lot easier than the actual stairs. A new runner could last anywhere from 5-15 years with proper maintenance. In most cases, you’ll grow tired of the style before the runner wears out.

Wool Gray Herringbone Stair Runner
Beautiful Gray Herringbone Custom Stair Runner with wide cotton binding.


Next, a runner adds much needed style to a forgotten space in your home. As The Carpet Workroom, we are known for bringing staircases to life with beautiful and creative stair runners. Installing all types of styles on various types of stairs is our specialty. A runner can create a beautiful focal point in your home so be bold! This is where our design staff comes into play, by assisting you to find the perfect stair runner, and then guiding you through the process so your dream becomes reality.

Reduce Noise Pollution

Has your home become a playground while your kids are home from school self isolating? Your home is meant to be a sanctuary yet everything has been turned upside down. Looking for an escape? Add a new rug or runner to help quiet your surroundings.

One thing you may not know about carpet is that it absorbs noise much better than any hard surface. Adding a runner will make trips up and down the stairs much quieter. It doesn’t matter the type of carpeting you choose, as the combination of felt pad and any material will absorb sounds of feet, shoes, and paws running up and down the stairs.

Black and white wool stair and hallway runner
This black and white stair/hallway runner will help reduce noise in the home.

Adding a stair runner is always a good idea to ensure your home is safe, cozy, and comfortable. On top of that, stair runners are becoming a high focus of interior design, adding an extra layer of creativity and imagination to your home. At the end of the day, our goal as humans is to feel happy and safe at home. At The Carpet Workroom, we strive to make that a reality for all. For more information on how to get started, visit our Stair Runner Guide. For help getting started on your next stair runner project, please email!



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