DIY Stair Runner

Runners are back in, and we love how they can transform a stairwell.  However, if you’ve ever priced out a runner you know they can be pretty expensive.  And then the cost of install…ughh.

Good news is there is an affordable option.  You can purchase a set of runners and lay them one after another.   They are very easy to install, and something you can do within an hour. I’ll walk you through how I did this runner and where you can purchase them.

Before and after DIY stair runner

Tools you will need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife
  • Pneumatic staple gun
  • Staples

Step 1 – Determine the size of the runners you need

First thing you need to do is measure the width of your stair tread.  You will want to leave approximately 4 inches or so on either side. You will want to buy a runner as close to this width as possible.

Then measure from the bottom of the first stair tread to under the nose of the stair tread and to the back of the next riser.  Then times this by the number of stair treads.  This is the total length you will need to cover.

How do I measure for a stair runner

Step 2 – Laying the Stair Runner

Lay the first runner out on the first tread so it is evenly spaced between the stair tread. Double check your measurements on both sides to make sure it is evenly spaced between the stair tread.

Measuring for a DIY stair runner

 

Then wrap it tightly around the nose of the tread and wrap it to the bottom of the trim along the first stair tread.  Use a pneumatic stapler and place your first staple along the bottom and continue to staple it along the bottom.

Installing a stair runner DIY

Your next spot to staple will be tight under the first stair tread nose.

How to install a stair runner

And then at the back of the first tread into the second stair riser.

How to install a stair runner yourself

 

Continue until you are getting close to running out of your first runner.

DIY stair runner installation yourself

This is where you are going to stop and cut your first runner.  Hold it flat and tight up under the nose of the tread and make a mark where you are going to cut the runner.  I left enough room for the edging of the next runner to be tucked very neatly into place. Staple it in place after cutting off the excess.

How to install a stair runner yourself

Start your next runner under the nose of the tread lining up the edges of the runner below it.  Staple it in place and keep going until you are done!

After photo of a DIY stair runner

 

Tip:  Use some caulking along the edges of the treads to clean it up nicely when you are done.

Where to buy the runner:

Runners come in different sizes, and for this one we needed three to run the entire length. I find Wayfair has lots of options.  Click here to buy  this runner.

Tips:

  • Apply a fresh coat of paint first.
  • Use some caulking along the edges of the treads to clean it up nicely when you are done.
  • Order a bit longer than what you need as there will be some wastage.

Click here to check out another mix and match runner installed at another clients!

Making a zippered pillow

Sometimes I get frustrated with the limited variety of pillows available within Halifax. Sure, you can go into HomeSense and find three to four rows of pillows on any given day. But the reality is there is still little selection! I’ve seen the same pillow in HomeSense a thousand times. Sometimes I can’t even find the colour, let alone the tone or texture I’m looking for. Two hundred grey pillows to choose from, and not one yellow pillow, or teal pillow in your selection today HomeSense? Even blue can be hard to find most days.

Then I have other pillows that I will never use again that are stock piled separately. These ones are colours or patterns that I really don’t like. Given that the cheapest pillow you can find is often $39 I like to up-cycle these ones.

I look in my inventory and yes, I have over a hundred pillows sitting there looking at me saying “take me”, “use me”. But honestly for one of my projects this week, even with all these pillows batting their eyes at me I still need one more to complete one of my projects this week. It’s a yellow geometric pillow that I want and I have the material that I found in a remnants bin at the fabric store.

I couldn’t for the life of me remember how to do the zipper, even though it had only been about 3 weeks since my last one. It might have been that it was 9:30 at night and I was just tired. I contemplated just forgetting about it for the night and going to bed. But I needed the pillow and it was tonight or tomorrow night. Scratching my head, and really not having a clue, I stared at the material for a bit but honestly I couldn’t for the life of me remember! I considered asking Suri, but decided to use my laptop instead. Setting up my sewing machine, back to back on my desk with my laptop I grabbed another chair for the other side of my desk.

Googling it I found the same tutorial I used the first time on Heytherehome.com. Skimming quickly I remembered right away. I have to admit, I wasn’t up to reading it again…I just needed to see the image for the zipper placement again quickly.

zipper pillow 2
easy-zippered-pillow-cover-tutorial
zipper pillow 3

Twenty minutes or so later, ta da, my yellow geometric zippered pillow!

yellow geometric pillow
It’s really not that hard, and it’s a great way to reuse old pillows and save money. Check the remnants bins at your local fabric store, or wait for a sale on fabric. Oh, you will need a zipper as well, they will run you around $4.00 each, but again you can wait for a sale.
Here’s a link to the full tutorial is you’re up to trying it yourself: Zippered Pillow tutorial
I promise, it’s really not that hard!