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Category: FAQ Index > Installation Questions

Questions:
  1. How is seaming done on T-seams, and mitres?

  2. What tools are needed to install my stair runner?

  3. What are my binding options for my runner?

  4. Do I need stair rods to install my runner?

  5. Can I install a runner on a staircase that is currently carpeted?

  6. Do you use staples or a tack strip during the installation?


Answers:
  1. How is seaming done on T-seams, and mitres?
  2. When it comes to the custom part of an installation (mitres, t-seams, caps), we will always seam the pattern together with a hot melt seaming tape, then hand-sew the corners with the same colored serging thread to reinforce the connection. All custom installations are stapled with an electric stapler that drives the staples through the wood. If you have marble or tile, double-sided tape can also be used.


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  3. What tools are needed to install my stair runner?
  4. You will need a tape measure, a professional (Roberts) 3/16” electric stapler, a pencil, a utiliy knife and a carpet kicker.


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  5. What are my binding options for my runner?
  6. Once you purchase your runner, you will have several binding options. We have outlined a few below:

    1. You can bind both ends so that the runner does not unravel.

    2. You can bind both ends and add several choices of fringe.

    3. To achieve a handmade look with your machine-made runner, you can add two caps. Caps are achieved by adding borders to both ends. Then, the corners are mitred and hand-sewn to reinforce the corners.


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  7. Do I need stair rods to install my runner?
  8. Stair rods are used to enhance your staircase and runner by providing a decorative touch. Please look at our hardware section for all of the choices available.


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  9. Can I install a runner on a staircase that is currently carpeted?
  10. Unfortunately, a runner should not be installed over wall to wall carpeting for safety reasons.


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  11. Do you use staples or a tack strip during the installation?
  12. Your runner can be installed using 2 popular methods - Hollywood style (where the runner is wrapped tight under the stair nosing using staples) or waterfall style (where the runner will slope over the stair nosing and down to the bottom of the rise, leaving a small gap behind the runner. Waterfall style can be achieved by using staples or tack strip.


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