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7 Alternatives to Carpet on Stairs

Although a carpet is a popular choice for covering the stairs, it can also wear out easily and can look dull after sometime. Buzzle gives you 7 alternatives to carpet on stairs that will freshen up your home décor in no time.
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Alternative to carpet - stair runner
Staircase Remodeling 101
  1. Never mess with the structural framing of your home without an expert at hand.
  2. Always know how to properly use the tools required for the project.
Carpeted stairs require frequent and laborious maintenance. Which means, you have to spend and invest a lot of time and money into it. However, if you exchange the carpets on the stairs with a more simple-to-clean alternative, there is definitely a possibility of reducing your weekly workload. Keeping that in mind, we have put together a few alternatives to carpet on stairs that might interest you. Take a look.

Staircase Makeover Ideas

For many homeowners, redoing a staircase is not an easy decision to make. But, if your home is currently undergoing a remodel, you can rethink the idea of having carpeted stairs.

1. Mural Designs

Mural Designs on Staircase

Whimsical and creative mural designs is a wonderful modification for the stairs. Choose the color scheme that complements your home décor. The first thing you need to do is strip down the existing carpet, and see whether the steps are hardwood or made with a different material. The steps and risers will have to be stained, painted, and polished properly. Once these details are taken care of, only then can you move onto either painting or gluing the mural design on.

2. Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic Tiles on Staircase

While installing the ceramic tiles on the risers, you should make sure that the structure of your home and its foundation can provide enough support. Although this option can increase the overall cost, you can choose bigger and wider ceramic tiles to consume the space; which ultimately can help lower the expense.

3. Stair Runners

Stair Runners on Staircase

Instead of removing the carpet completely, why not add a touch of elegance to the staircase and install a stair runner? If there are kids or young children in the house, the stair runner will be a soft and a safe option too. The price of a runner is calculated by the linear foot, and at Home Depot, they are available in two widths―26 inches and 33 inches. Before installing the runner, pick the appropriate material either synthetic fibers, wool, or any other material you like.

4. Stair Treads

Carpet Treads on Staircase

A simpler, more convenient option for a makeover is store-bought stair treads. Of course, you will have to strip down the existing carpet first, and fix the hardwood underneath it. Once you have a clean and polished staircase, install the slip-resistant (due to the pre-coated non-slip backing) and durable stair treads.

5. Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic Tiles on Staircase

Similar to ceramic tiles, mosaic tiles can also be an excellent alternative for stair carpet. Again, you will have ensure that the stair structure and the foundation can support it easily. Plus, if you are installing the tiles on the treads as well, and not just on the risers, we suggest you choose textured tiles or anti-slip tape.

6. Wooden Treads

 Wooden Treads on Staircase

Another great way to transform the staircase is with wooden treads. We all know that carpeted stairs can easily trap dirt and debris, and can be a burden to clean. Which is why, the sleek and eloquent wooden treads are perfect for your home. And the best part is, if you have pre-existing hardwood flooring, you can pick the exact type of wooden treads to match it.

7. Painted Staircase

Painted Staircase on Staircase

There are a few options available, if you're considering painting the staircase in your home. Whether it's painting the treads, the risers, or perhaps both, this option is less expensive than the above mentioned. You can ask the kids to help out, and give them a step (riser and tread) each to showcase their creativity. Or, if you'd like a hassle-free, quick option―paint the risers and/or treads with one or more colors of your choice.

Remember, while going through the remodeling process, the total cost can be more than you may have anticipated. Also, if you would like to take up the project yourself, be certain of undertaking the task till the end.
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Published: May 8, 2014
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