How to Create a Custom Stairway Runner For Less!

Custom stair way runners are expensive. To save money, I found separate runners on sale at a low price and pieced them together!
To make this work, you need to use runner without a border design to make the runner look like one piece after installation. Although, if you prefer one with a border, the tops can be cut (just make sure you measure accordingly for that) I actually used outdoor runners which look great, are durable and because I didn't spend a lot, can be replaced if/when I want a new look.
The runner gives the foyer a "pop" of colour and is fun and unexpected in the space! Visit me on Facebook or follow me on Hometalk! ;)

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  • Meredith Meredith on Mar 05, 2017
    Did you add the runner to the little steps after landing? What did you do there? Thanks, great job!

  • Sue Sue on Nov 20, 2019

    II was directed here from Hometalk. I thought there would be more details for the stair runner project. I can’t find any instructions... unless I am totally missing something. Also, what are the metal rods on the floor next to your staircase? How many runners did you use? I am feeling left out in the cold.


  • Tania Tania on Jul 30, 2020

    How did u secure the rugs to the stairs ?


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  • Barb Barb on Oct 01, 2018

    We Bought a runner and installed it our selves . We used brad nails under the lip of the tread and in the back of the Runner . Easy and if your using more than one rug you just back it up to the lip of the tread and the seam does not show . Nothing hard about that and it looks good to.

    I do like the look of the pattern you chose even if you didn't put it in yourself its still worth adding the idea to hometalk thank you .Now if I want to change mine I know I can use two or more as you did if I cant find one long enough.

  • Mary ann waugh Mary ann waugh on Sep 05, 2020

    this is great!we did something similar in our farmhouse in roanoke, VA, and it was super looking, very rewarding also. we will try this in our home here in Indiana.