40 Minute $140 Staircase Makeover

40 minute $140 gorgeous staircase makeover with carpet runners from Target!! http://www.whatroseknows.comAfter a little research online about resilient vinyl flooring (also known as luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or luxury vinyl plank (LVP)), we decided to have Shaw Urbanality 12 Plank in Skyline installed throughout our entire new construction home. I wanted to completely avoid any sort of tile flooring and my husband wanted to avoid any wall to wall carpeting. After having tile in a large portion of our last home, I did not want to deal with grouted tile floors or cold bare feet ever again. So far, we are loving our LVP. It's quiet, much warmer than tile flooring, cleans up easy, and it looks great. Plus, I can walk around with bare feet all day long and my feet and knees do not hurt like they did with the tile flooring. 

40 minute $140 gorgeous staircase makeover with carpet runners from Target!! http://www.whatroseknows.comShortly after we moved into our new house, my son took a spill on the stairs. Then my nephew. Then my friend's toddler. And then we have our dog Sam who would slip and slide all over the stairs and the landing every time he went up and down. We needed to add a staircase carpet runner before someone else hurt themselves on our stairs. 

Instead of spending big bucks on actual stair carpet runner, I decided to go the more frugal route and use regular carpet runners. I tested out a carpet runner that we already had in the house from Target to see how it would look and after laying it on the stairs, decided it was a good fit, color, and material. The cost of the carpet runner made it very affordable, plus, there was a matching area rug that fit the stair landing. Total cost for everything after sales and discounts was around $140. {Carpet runners and area rug; Target}

40 minute $140 gorgeous staircase makeover with carpet runners from Target!! http://www.whatroseknows.comMy handsome handy husband started out by making sure the runner was centered with a tape measure. Since this carpet runner had a latex backing, there was no need for us to use a non-slip rug pad. He used an air compressor and staple gun to attach the runner to the stair risers and avoided putting staples into the LVP.  

40 minute $140 gorgeous staircase makeover with carpet runners from Target!! http://www.whatroseknows.comWe needed to use two 1"10"x7' runners for each of the staircase runs. Because the first runner ended in a weird spot for transition into the next runner, he cut a portion of the first runner so it would end under the stair tread.

40 minute $140 gorgeous staircase makeover with carpet runners from Target!! http://www.whatroseknows.comIt was easier to use a good quality scissor rather than a carpet cutting knife to cut this type of loop carpet runner. He just had to make sure that he left enough slack for the carpet to be stapled under the tread. 

40 minute $140 gorgeous staircase makeover with carpet runners from Target!! http://www.whatroseknows.comThe second runner was added and the transition was much more seamless than I had imagined it would be. Because of the pattern of this carpet runner, you really, really have to look hard to see where the pattern does not match up. 

40 minute $140 gorgeous staircase makeover with carpet runners from Target!! http://www.whatroseknows.comOn both the landing and the bottom of the staircase in the lower level, we decided to end the runner under the last stair tread instead of taking it all the way to the floor. Aesthetically I think it looks good either way but with the type of loop carpet that this is, it was best to tuck the carpet under the tread and staple it to the riser. 

40 minute $140 gorgeous staircase makeover with carpet runners from Target!! http://www.whatroseknows.comI am SO happy with the way this turned out! My handsome handy husband did a great job - and it took only 40 minutes to complete! 

40 minute $140 gorgeous staircase makeover with carpet runners from Target!! http://www.whatroseknows.comHopefully this runner will help with any future slips or spills down the stairs. I have the same exact runner in our mudroom that has been there since the day we moved in and it has held up incredibly well. So far no stains and no wear pattern. But even if these stair runners last 4 - 5 years, I will not feel bad about replacing them since they only cost us $140. 

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1.0   Jessica
10/13/2015 5:25:40 PM
Oh my, that looks gorgeous! Safety first! I love how runners look on stairs and I am hoping someday I would be able to do this!
2.0   Nettie
10/20/2015 6:06:50 AM
This looks really classy and is such a simple, but extremely effective solution. I love it!
3.0   Cornelia S.
10/20/2015 6:54:24 AM
I am jumping up and down with a solution to a pricey decorative staircase runner. I had estimates for a runner with binding to run down my staircase. The price $3,000. Now, I can think outside the box and the idea of a runner on the steps is endless. Yes, the carpet company has nice carpet, but knowing I spent a fraction of the price, I can change the look with minimal financial impact. I like the stain on your staircase, We just sanded our railing to the bare oak wood and used General Finishes gel stain in Antique Walnut. Our staircase looks similar to yours.
4.0   Jody
10/20/2015 7:59:37 AM
This is great. I took icky old carpet out of the house including stairs and landings. I wanted to paint them white with a rectangle of gray and a stripe on either side but after seeing this I am in love with the way it looks. No small kids but m beloved goofy puppy and me in my okder not so steady years. Thank you so much.
5.0   Anonymous
10/20/2015 9:55:05 AM
I know what you mean about the stairs being slick wearing sox. My daughter has a beautiful staircase but I go up very carefully as always in sox as we take our shoes off when we enter her home because of her beautiful wood floors. I will suggest she use a runner on her staircase to avoid a future accident. Like what you did to solve the problem.
6.0   Anne
1/4/2016 12:06:51 PM
Can you post a link to the Target runner? I LOVE that and want to do mine now! Thanks :)
7.0   Anne
1/4/2016 12:12:10 PM
DUH, I see now that it is linked!
8.0   Danielle
1/10/2016 4:20:44 PM
I love the look of the runner! Where did he nail besides the underside of each tread? I like how fitted it looks, did he tack it to the riser corners as well?
9.0   Kim~madeinaday
1/14/2016 12:14:37 PM
I love this simple idea! We have fallen down our stairs a bunch too! Especially an elderly dog of ours. I wish I had sen this sooner! Awesome post! Stopping by to let you know you are being featured on Friday’s P3 Party post! Have a great week! Thanks for pinning! Best, Kim
10.0   Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos
1/15/2016 10:06:40 PM
Love this! Your staircase looks great!
11.0   Anonymous
2/10/2016 7:25:57 PM
I LOVE what you did with your stairs! That's EXACTLY the look I'm trying to create. I'm also going to be installing LVP on the treads of the stairs, and what the risers to be white. Did you find a white LVP for the risers? What are the risers made of? Thank you in advance for answering my question! And thanks again for the GREAT idea for the Target runner!!
  11.1   Rose
2/11/2016 6:05:58 AM
Hi Anon! The risers are wood painted with white paint. We figured this way when they get dirty or scuffed, we can either wash them, use a Magic Eraser, or paint over the marks!
12.0   Lisa
3/2/2016 12:04:25 PM
I see how he tacked under the bottom side of the step, but did he also staple it straight down at the bottom of the actual riser? If not, how does it stay in place without puffing out???? LUV this!
13.0   Maureen
9/11/2016 8:05:53 PM
I love this. I would like to try this on my staircase. I see how he stapled under the bottom side, but did he staple any other place?
14.0   Michelle
1/6/2017 10:20:27 AM
Now that it's been well over a year, I'd love an update on how you like your vinyl plank flooring. Is it prone to scratching? Is it wearing well? Also, how is the runner doing? Thanks for the post!
15.0   Maria
3/5/2017 6:53:49 AM
Just saw this via Pinterest. You have saved the day. I am getting started on our stairs this week. What we have is hideous carpet runner--but a great pad underneath. I am gong to pull up the carpet but leave the pad and then lay the runner from Target. I am sure it will work what do you think. Thank you so much for the share!
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