Installing a carpet around staircase balusters

Installing a carpet on a staircase is a challenging job and needs to be done carefully, otherwise you risk deteriorating the carpet and waste money. The parts that are difficult to cover are the areas around the balusters. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. First of all you will need to strip the old carpet from the stairs.
  2. Then measure the width of the area and lip of the stairs and add another 1/4 of an inch. Split the carpet from the side. Cut out the pattern and leave a little extra carpet.
  3. Next you will need to stretch the carpet on the steps. Use a glue gun to create the seams between the balusters. Trim the loose threads.
  4. Use some glue to fix the middle strip between the stair rails. You should use hot glue. Next you will need to cut the tip of the stair nose. Now make a second 45 degrees cut at the bottom of the lower riser. Start cutting 1/2 inch from the side of the riser.
  5. The bottom piece needs to be cut off with the 45 degree angle to the edge of the riser. You can use the bottom tread as a guide. Make the cut from the first slide along the bottom of the tread. Continue to the second slice to the bottom of the 45 degree angle cut. Pull the carpet over the side in front of the riser. Use a staple gun to fix it.
  6. The carpet will need to be clipped along the edge. Leave half an inch cover. Then wrap the top around the bottom of the tread’s nose. Use glue to fix it.
  7. Create a crease by wrapping the carpet from around the staircase balusters over the side of the tread. Glue it down. If there is any excess carpet, then trim it. Do this for each step.
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