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Carpet? Hard Flooring? What should you use for stairs?

Stairs what flooring to choose

Stairs are often a feature point of a home. Here are some flooring options you can use to create a unique style and feel.

Carpet for your stairs

Carpeting your stairs offers the best solution to insulation and acoustics. A quality carpet paired with a thick underlay will minimise sound transfer and increase insulation between levels as well as keeping it the most cost-effective solution.

Choosing a carpet that is suitable for stairs is key. Cut pile carpets are a great choice for stairs and will wear well. Thick, chunky, high loop pile carpets we recommend refraining from putting on stairs as when they are wrapped over, the loops open and expose the carpet backing.

To create a bold and defined look on the step, the bullnose method of installation can be used, or for a more modern look, the traditional waterfall method. See our images below to understand the difference.

Hard Flooring for your stairs

Installing hard flooring on stairs is a great option for busy spaces where there is lots of traffic. It enables easy cleaning and maintenance as well as having a stable solid surface.

Any hard flooring option can be installed onto stairs. Engineered timber, laminate, cork or vinyl. What varies between ranges is what nosings are used. Certain ranges come with colour matched stair nosing profiles ensuring a seamless look, other ranges require us to manufacture and fit a custom fabricated nosing.

Combination of Carpet & Hard Flooring for your stairs

Installing hard flooring with a stair runner is a way to create a smart, welcoming stairwell. The carpet can be found around the edge and then fitted onto the stairs with or without a feature rod. 

Another creative option is to fit hard flooring onto the stair risers with carpet on the tread. This is a great solution if you wish to have a chunky loop pile on the stairs without having to wrap it over the nose.