Staircases always seem to pose a difficult point in deciding flooring options for a home. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the flooring for a staircase. One of my most popular options is to choose a carpet from one of the thousands of options in the showroom and custom make a stair runner with coordinating Area Rugs and Hall Runners. At ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings you can choose products from 250 top manufacturers – Great products from brands your clients ask for by name, like Masland, Fabrica, Stanton, Milliken, just to name a few.Usually when planning a Staircase with a Carpet we have to order more carpet then needed because of waste and the Area Rugs cost practically nothing more then the binding charge.
When ever I start with a Client in the Showroom, my first question is usually, “Who will be using the Staircase?” If it is younger children or older adults safety becomes my chief concern, stairs can be very slippery with the wrong product on them. If your stairs have not been built yet, here are some ratios for safety when planning your staircase:
The horizontal distance from the front to back of the tread is called the run, and the vertical distance is the rise. As you will have noticed from the staircases you’ve walked on, the rise and run can vary.
Rise-to-run ratio. The total of the rise and run should add up to 17 inches. Practically speaking, this means that as the run gets shorter, the rise should get steeper for the stair to feel comfortable as you walk. There are limits, of course. A rise of more than 8¼ inches is going to be too steep for many people.
Another concern is what products do the stairs meet at the top and bottom of the staircase? In my own home I have two different tiles at each end of the stairs, a darker tile is in my Kitchen upstairs and lighter tile downstairs in our Family Den. I chose a dark hardwood and I am in the process of looking for the perfect runner to incorporate down the middle.
Design and color always play one of the largest concerns when planning your stairs. Why not have a little fun? I have always liked hardwood on the tread with decorative hand painted tiles on the riser. It adds life to any staircase.
One of my favorite options when budget is a large concern is for a Patterned Carpet. It gives the staircase a clean and elegant look and holds up well under traffic.
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