DIY Jute Stair Runner

I am not a big pattern person when it comes to permanent items in the house. I LOVE the look of jute rugs because the texture is always a good mix with rustic or shabby chic decor. The jute look gives a nice completed feel to the area and leaves the bold statement for the finishes around it like the furniture or decor items. These rugs also don’t show a lot of dirt or stains which is always nice when you have small children.

This past weekend, my hubby and I had to put a new stair runner onto the front staircase in our home. My original stair runner was made out of far to thin jute door mats and had began to fray after just two years of use. This time I beefed it up using very thick look hallway runners from West Elm. They did cost more than I had hoped but now these rugs will last a VERY long time.

What You Will Need

  • Jute rugs (About 3′ extra then the length of your stairs)
  • Rug Pad (You can get these at the Dollars Store/Walmart or some hardware stores have them on a large roll so you can cut the size you need all in one long piece)
  • Pneumatic Staple Gun  and air compressor (you could use long carpenter nails but it would take you much longer)
  •  9/16 Long Staples
  • Construction Adhesive and caulking gun
  • House numbers for the stairs with extra long black screws

To begin, lay your rug pad on the middle of the stairs and using the staple gun secure it to the hardwood surface. Next you will need to cut the end of your construction adhesive and apply in a zig zag motion to your first stair, starting at the top of the stairs.

Lay your jute rug down on the adhesive making sure it is squared to the step, now you will need to staple in a few spots under the lip of the step to secure. Be sure to press very firmly on the staple gun to insure the staple goes deep enough into the hardwood underneath. Also try and find a spot that is in between the weave so that it doesn’t indent the thick part of the rug. The nice thing about using jute is that if a silver staple is showing through after you can pull at the surrounding area around the staple and usually gets it covered. Continue this procedure down the stairs. When you run out of rug and need to attach a second one, run a line of construction adhesive where the two rugs are going to meet and then butt the two ends together lining them up squarely and tightly. Using the staple gun, staple a few spots on either side of both rugs. When I came to the end of the stairs, I would cut the previous rug underneath the lip of the stair, leaving about 2″ of loose end rug to fold/tuck under the rug itself and then staple it under the lip of step.  This part was definitely the most difficult part.

After you have completed all your stairs then simply add your house numbers to the face of the stair insuring that they are centred and there you have it!!! A beautiful, durable and non slippery stair runner. Check, check and check!

Good luck and I would love to see your finished products.



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