Putting carpet on the stairs is different than having it installed in a room with less traffic. When choosing which type of carpet you should use, remember to think about the following factors before sticking to your decision.


Stairs are the highest traffic area in any home, not only because they are often used. The impact of foot traffic is greater on stairs than on flat areas due to the added force of gravity as you descend the stairs. This means that you should be using the highest quality carpet and cushion you can afford. While an upgraded carpet and pad will be an additional cost up front, they will most definitely save you money in the long run, as the carpet will need to be replaced less frequently. Source: TheSpruce

Carpet pile

A low, dense pile carpet is the most forgiving on stairs, hiding footprints and vacuum marks and not flattening underfoot. Berber, woven and loop-pile carpets all contain looped fibers. Good quality carpets that use heavier yarns and fibers and have a tight weave can better withstand tears and pulls. However, if you have pets with claws, especially those that like to scratch at surfaces, a better option is a twist pile, which will not snag or fray like a loop. Source: Hunker


Pick a carpet color that covers dirt and stains. You may love creams and ivories, but your stairs won’t. High foot traffic increases the likelihood that your light carpeting will soon look dingy. Find a happy medium by selecting deeper neutrals, like taupe and coffee. Some manufacturers offer heathered shades—subtle blends of complementary colors—that will camouflage dirt more readily than monochrome carpets. Source: BobVila


One thing that is important to note is that a lot of carpets don’t provide warranty coverage for stairs. Although it seems strange (after all, most houses and even some condos/apartments have stairs!) historically, manufacturers excluded all stairs from the carpet’s warranty.

In recent years, however, more carpets are being offered with a warranty on stairs. If you are concerned about having the protection a warranty can offer, then make sure that the carpet you choose for your stairs does in fact cover stairs in the warranty. Source: TheSpruce

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