Asked on May 09, 2018

How to change the look of carpet on stairs as only rent.

Brenda Lahey
by Brenda Lahey
I rent a townhouse and cannot remove carpet. Any creative ideas for treads or adding to very boring carpet. Thanks.

  5 answers
  • Andra Andra on May 09, 2018

    I don't know how secure you'd need this to be, but industrial velcro and a carpet runner could do the trick. If you push in the areas and 'smoosh' a dowel (where the tread meets the riser), you'd not be permanently adhering the runner. The velcro underneath will also help secure in place.

    • Brenda Lahey Brenda Lahey on May 09, 2018

      Thank you so very much Andra for you suggestion. A runner did cross my mind but was not sure about securing it. Now, I shall google 'smoosh a dowel' and give it a shot! Thanks again.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on May 09, 2018

    Or you can just do the risers, with clear double-face tape.

    While it depends on how much, if any, overhang your steps have, and how thick the carpet is that’s covering them, you’ve options like painting cardboard or foamcore ($1 at Dollar store), cutting up placemats, etc etc.

    Few folks notice what they’re stepping on. Everyone sees risers.

  • 17335038 17335038 on May 10, 2018

    Neither dowels or velcro will be strong enough to hold a runner in place on a stairwell. When runners start pulling away from the step, they can make the stairwell very dangerous : an accident waiting to happen. For safety, anchor a runner on a stairwell with proper stairwell runner metal rods.

    If the runner is going over a carpeted stairwell, the problem will be trying to find long enough screws to go through the carpet and into the wood to adequately hold the mount securely in place.

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  • Brenda Lahey Brenda Lahey on May 10, 2018

    Thank you. However, I think the rods will be too much (financially and aesthetically). Thinking to do something else and promise to post if successful. LOL

    • Brittany Salinas Brittany Salinas on Nov 10, 2020

      Hi there! I am asking years later but am also about to rent a townhome with sad-looking carpet stairs! Did you find a method that worked well?

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 20, 2021

    You could add a runner over the carpet.