Is Your Carpet Runner Running Away? Buying and Fitting Tips

A carpet runner is a narrow strip of long carpet (or rug) which is used mainly on stairs or in hallways to accommodate a narrow space and to compliment or accent the existing colour palette of the home. They are also used to add warmth and comfort under foot to hard floors (wood/tile/laminate/concrete etc.).

First impressions Count

As a carpet runner is often the first soft furnishing people notice when they enter your home the design, colour and texture are all important. They can add that extra touch of glamour and elegance to a home.

If you are fortunate to be planning your entire homes floor coverings at one time, you have the exciting option of selecting a colour palette which incorporates a selection of complimentary colours for all around the house. The colour palette usually includes plain colours and a single accent colour which combines all the colours in the palette. These striking accents bring all the carpet colours together for dramatic effect and ensure that your home has the wow factor.

Design Tip: When buying new carpets ask your supplier for a colour palette based on the shade you have in mind. Ideally they will have a colour wheel or something similar to help you find colours which compliment and enhance each other. These handy tools take the effort out of mixing and matching.

Design benefits of carpet runners

• A great first impression.

• Can brighten up a fairly plain carpet/stair/wall colour with an accent of complimentary colour.

• Warmth and comfort under foot.

• They can cover a spot on the carpet or floor that cannot otherwise be removed.

• Save existing floor covering from wear and tear.

• Dogs can have trouble walking on laminate/wooden floors and these can give them fright-free access to your home.

• Can be easily removed for floor cleaning, moving house, redecorating.

• Can provide an even surface to an otherwise uneven floor.

• Noise is dampened by the effect of a carpet underfoot.

Safety First

Carpet runners can be a slip or trip hazard for the elderly, young children or anyone who is not aware of the slight difference in floor level as they move from one floor covering to another. They can also prove a hazard on stairs if they are not fitted correctly. After all if when you step onto the carpet runner it moves, so can you…to the bottom of the stairs. As such it is very important whether fitted to stairs or installed in a hallway or lounge the carpet runner is properly fixed and as flush as possible with the floor. A non-stick rug pad can be an inexpensive option for securing the runner. When it comes to the stairs it is best to consult a professional or to let your carpet supplier fit it for you.