December 19, 2012 2 min read
Your stairs make the first impression for guests about the design of your home, so choosing the proper materials and decorations to make the structure memorable is a task that shouldn't be taken lightly.
If you choose to carpet your stairs, you'll find that many of the most eye-catching runners may also be the most expensive. Because of this, you'll want to take every step possible to ensure you don't inflict any unnecessary damage onto the carpet during the installation process.
Many designers recommend that homeowners use stair carpet rods to secure the runner in place. This will prevent the carpet from bunching, which could be a major hazard and cause a fall, without forcing homeowners to actually drill holes into the runner itself.
To install a rod, you need to make sure that the mounting for the piece is placed on the tread of the step flush against the perpendicular rise. Don't drill the rod in place before making sure the wood of the stairs is adequately cleaned and free of any damage.
Once you have completed any necessary maintenance to the steps, make sure that each mounting bracket fits flat against the wall. You may have to cut the pieces if the backing is curved to ensure that they don't pivot while you are screwing them in place.
Drill starter holes before you insert any screws into the staircase so that you don't crack the wood during installation. This will also make it easier for you to screw the brackets in by hand, as a power screwdriver may exert too much force and cause some woods to splinter. As well, if you use nails, the brackets may get loose over a shorter period of time than if you use screws to hold the mounting in place.
Once your brackets have been fastened in sufficiently, you can insert your rods, which will not only add to the safety of the stairs but make it a more pleasing structure to behold.
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