These types of carpet are long, narrow strips used in constricted spaces such as hallways and staircases. These are often found in the form of rugs, although are also available purely as strips of carpet. For houses with long, slim halls with hardwood flooring, carpet flooring in this form is ideal for bringing much needed warmth and style.
Outfitting an entire room with a fitted carpet can be very costly, especially if a hardwood floor is being replaced. By using a runner the most often walked part of the floor can be covered at a fraction of the cost, enhancing comfort and instantly renovating the space. Due to the removable nature of the runners they are also easily changed or replaced without causing disruption to the entire room.
Stair Carpet Runners
Stair carpet runners are also available, these are similar to standard runners except that they lack the backing used for normal carpet flooring. Stair carpets are often held in place using stair rods, which can also bring a touch of extra style.
Uncarpeted flooring and stairs can be slippery or uneven; this can cause all kinds of accidents around the house. Runners provide grip and help smooth over any bumpiness in hardwood flooring, providing added safety. As a side note, it is always best to hire a professional to fit stair carpets if you are not certain of how to proceed yourself. Unevenly fitted runners could cause someone to trip and thus are especially dangerous on stairways.
Fully fixed carpets can be difficult to clean, and expensive to replace. By using carpet runners in hallways and stairs any accidental spillages or mud walked in by pets (or children!) can be easily cleaned; quickly and cheaply. Also, should any damage come to the carpet – or in the case that it is worn out through use – it can simply be replaced, avoiding any disruption. The very fact that a carpet runner is being worn down also means that it is protecting the flooring beneath it.
Hardwood floors are renowned for being noisy, whether they are being walked on by someone in shoes, or run across by excited children. Carpets enable you to reduce this noise hugely by cushioning the sound, with the biggest benefit been seen by stairways.
Both normal and stair carpet runners are perfect opportunities for enhancing or refreshing the interior design of your home. Given the wide range of styles, colours and textures available you are almost spoilt for choice when deciding how best to outfit your floor. The best part is that if you are redecorating or simply want a quick, cheap way to transform your hallway or stairs, you merely need to change your carpet runner design.