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Width of a Stair Runner

Shop for stair runners by Width.  While there are no “rules” for your runner width, you may find it helpful to begin your search within a width category. The largest hall and stair runner selection exists among 2 width categories:  26″ to 27″ runner width is most commonly used on a staircase width of 39 inches or less.  30″ to 31″ runner width is often best for stairs 40 inches wide or more. Although fewer choices – 36″ wide runners (and a small group at 41″) are available for extra wide stairs, generally more than 44 inches for example. 

When searching this topic, you’re likely to find oversimplified answers to questions like these: “How wide should a stair runner be?” OR “How wide should a carpet runner be on stairs?”  But the first question you may want to answer is: “How wide are my stairs?” Staircase and hallway widths vary – you may prefer a runner width in relation to your hall/stairs that falls outside of the suggestions you’ll find.

It is important to understand that stair and hall widths vary more than runner product widths – and most often within one staircase or hall there are a variety of widths. It is less common for a staircase or hallway to be a consistent width throughout. Many articles place significant focus on the Reveal. There are no “rules” as to the reveal. (Reveal = the exposed area alongside the runner) and the reveal can and often does vary.  If you’ve been told or read that a specific reveal is the rule or if you find this most important to you –  the runner will often need to be entirely custom made throughout. We can help with that too: Custom Width Runners

Flexibility on the reveal allows the runner to be a standard width which is generally less costly.  However,  fabrication (alterations) are possible in some ready-made runner products, handled on a case-by-case basis.  OR a stair runner project can utilize a hybrid approach –  utilizing custom and standard material. Please Inquire. 

All stated runner widths are approximate. 

You may also be interested in Reveal. Please visit our Resources page for additional information.

Shop for Stair Runners

Shop Stair Runners, Shop Stair Carpet

Start your hall and stair runner project by visiting our product pages. On each page, as you shop stair runners, you will have the opportunity to order a swatch, calculate footage for a Straight staircase or request a quote for your custom runner landing project.   Sort and filter Stair Runner samples, stair carpet products by color, style, fiber, width or brand. Find hundreds of quality stair carpet runners, order swatches of  your favorites. Click Here to Learn More about our rebated swatch service. Find out how easy it is to shop for hall and stair runners with The Stair Runner Store! Please Contact Us with any questions about your runner project.

Swatches – Learn More

Swatch Program Details   
 – With your runner order of at least  $500.00, swatch fees up to a total of $35.00 stair runner swatches stair runner samplesper customer are refundable.  A r
efund will process when the completed runner order ships.

Each Stair Runner Product page includes a button like this:  

 order stair runner swatch

Most stair runner swatches are $4.50.*  A small shipping fee will be added to swatch orders. 

 – FREE SHIPPING is offered for most stair runner orders over $500.00 – Please see our Shipping Policy
 for more detail and exceptionssuch as over-size custom projects.

 – Tracking information is available for most swatch orders upon request. 

– Swatches will often ship from more than one location so you may receive more than one package delivered over a number of days. 


– Swatches are a small cutting of a stair runner product. A swatch is the most cost effective and often fastest way to see a product or a number of products. 

 – Swatches do not represent the dye lot of existing runner stock. As with any textile, dye lots will vary. Please see our Terms and Conditions page for more information.

– Swatches vary in size depending on the product.  Some provide only the center portion of the pattern, not the runner border. With some Stanton and Kane swatches are that of the coordinate broadloom, the swatch may NOT include the border portion of the pattern.

– Full size stair runner samples can be purchased, varying in price/size, shipping cost and because of their varied cost are handled on a case by case basis. Please Contact Us for Details. 

– Some stair runner products are available in 2 widths.  Swatches and full size samples will most often be that of the smaller width. However, at times the available swatch is that of the wider size. Please note, this can change the scale of the pattern if you ultimately order the smaller width runner.  Products available in two widths –  you can request the  larger width only as a non-refundable full foot of material plus shipping.   


– We will notify you of any swatch we can not provide and offer a replacement or adjust your order accordingly. 

      Questions: Please Inquire 

Customer Review: 
The Stair Runner Store - Creative Carpet & Rug LLC Reply from Stair Runner Store:
So glad you found our swatch service helpful. Thank you for posting this review, we appreciate it. Glad to hear you’re enjoying your new runners! 
Thanks again, Eileen – 

Custom Runner Services

Define Your Project 

Following are many categories of our Hall and Stair Runner Installation and Custom Runner Services, including photos of our Custom Runner Fabrication work. To help you define the type of project you have, each includes descriptions of the Type of Staircase, Landing or Hallway project depicted. Each category links to our Installation Galleries, with many more examples for Inspiration. All photos are actual installation and custom runner fabrication work completed by John.  Whether a local installation in the Connecticut area OR Shipped, we have more experience with this specific work than can be found elsewhere. We regularly ship custom fabricated landings to customers around the country.  As a result our customers can achieve a custom result but need only find basic installation service locally.
The types of landings or fabrication work (below) we ship, include this image
To provide a quote, we just need some basic information in most cases. Each runner product page includes a button which will take you to our Custom Landing Quote Form.  OR Contact Us with any questions. 

“L” Shaped or Single Turn Landing(s)   

A single square or rectangular shaped landing, an “L” shape is the most common type of landing we find in our local customer’s homes, and the most common landing we ship. Since they consist of just one turn left or right, we refer to them simply as “Single Landings.” You may have more than one of this type of landing within a staircase.
We Ship this Custom Runner Service, Ready to Install – 

“U” Shaped or Double Landing   

Double Landing Stair Runner or hall runner fabrication and installations. Since this custom runner service requires the runner to take two corners, we refer to it as a double or “U” shaped staircase landing.  John takes great care with the pattern placement for a pleasing result.
We Ship this Custom Runner Service, Ready to Install –
Click here to see more of our “U” or Double Landing Fabrication Work     double landing stair runner installations

Angled Landing  

An angled staircase landing  forms an angle on a single platform as it connects two sections of straight steps. Because angles vary – we need a paper template sent to us in order to fabricate this type of stair runner turn  Please Inquire. 
We Ship this Custom Runner Service, Ready to Install –
Click here to see more Angled Landing Installations
Angled landing stair runner installations

T Landing 

A “T” is hall or stair runner installation with a custom finish creating an intersection in the runner in a T shape just as it sounds – Often found on a stair landing that combines two staircases or in a hall at the top of a staircase. 
We Ship this Custom Runner Service, Ready to Install –
Click here to see more T Landngs  or T Hallway Installations
T landing or hallway installations


End Capping  

A custom finish where the border is been added to the end of a cut runner for a complete and finished look. So, an end capped runner can be used to create a small area rug, nicely finish the end of a hallway runner installation or a stair runner installation that ends on a landing.
We Ship this Custom Runner Service.   
Order end capping on runner product pages. Click here to learn more about End Finishes. 

Click here to see more End Caps
    end capping collage

Straight Staircase  

A straight staircase is certainly the simplest style. With an accurate stair count, it is very easy to calculate the footage needed for your project. Please use our Staight Staircase Calculator found on all of our runner product pages. 
We Ship Runners
Click here to see more Straight Staircase Installations      


Custom Hallway Runner  

Since hallways take on many different shapes and sizes – each hallway offers unique challenges presented by the pattern choice, layout of the hall or how it relates to the staircase. Because The Stair Runner Store has the product selection, experience, and expertise – you can create the look and function desired. 
We Ship Runners  
(Custom Hallways have many variables. Please feel free to Contact Us with questions about your project.)
Click here to see more Custom Hallways
custom hallway collage

Curved or pie steps are services we offer only in the Connecticut area. 

Because these projects require on site assessment – we do not offer shipping on the following types of fabrications. 

Curved Staircase  A curved staircase makes quite the statement in a foyer. As a result of John’s  significant amount of experience specifically with fabrication and installation of stair runners, his work serves to enhance this striking architectural element. 
Click here to see More Curved Staircase Installations
Curved stair runner installations

Pie Steps  A series of triangular shaped steps that cause the staircase to take a turn over the course of two or even six pie steps in a series, all with different shapes, sizes and angles. Because these steps vary more than any other type of staircase – we do not offer this fabrication for shipping. Please note, pie steps are very different than angled landings.  Click here to see more Pie Step Installations
Pie step installation collage

custom stair runner landing quote form

Stair Runner Measuring Information

How to measure for a stair runner – STRAIGHT STAIRCASE

OR  Does your staircase have a Landing? – Please Click HERE  

Stair runner measurement on a straight staircase is as simple as an accurate stair count and calculation.

Example:  A straight staircase in a home with standard first floor ceiling height of about 8 feet will often have *12 treads and 13 risers. A straight staircase like this will require 20 linear feet. 
*Tread = the part you walk on.
*Riser = the vertical component of a step.

CLICK our calculator to quickly estimate footage for your STRAIGHT Staircase :

Click here to see STRAIGHT Staircase Examples

The calculator will ask simply for your tread count, automatically filling the riser count, and our footage result.

The calculation allows for 19″ per step. A typical total step measurement is between 18 and 19 inches. A total step measurement = Tread Depth + Wrapping the Nosing + Riser Height:

Straight Staircase Variation:
– A split staircase – that is one with more than one run of steps or separate sections of steps require the stair count calculation be broken down for each section. This is becasue you will have one more riser than tread in each run of steps.  Simply add together the footage calculated for each section, to determine the total linear footage to order.


Does your Staircase have a Landing? – Please Click HERE  


Runner End Finishes Explained

Custom stair runner end finishes explainedEnd Finish options are found and can be added on each of our runner product pages when ordering.

Runner products are cut from a roll producing unfinished ends. In most cases it is not necessary to finish the ends of a runner when installed on a staircase since it often ends on a vertical surface – generally the top and bottom risers. However, when a runner is to end on a landing or used in a hall it requires an end finish since it is ending on a horizontal surface. We primarily suggest two different types of end finishes, explained below.

End Capping – A Custom End Finish 

 – a custom fabrication adding the border to the end of a runner for a finished look with the border design on all four sides. We can end cap a runner for you creating a small area rug, or to finish the end of a hallway runner. It can also be used as an end finish for a stair runner installation that ends on a landing/hall surface.

All End Capping and other Custom Fabrication work is done by Owner, John Hunyadi   Click here to see more examples of John’s End Capping Work


Serging – Yarn Wrap End Finish  

 – Refers to a yarn wrap edge finish found on the side edges of runner products. Serging is the other end finish option we offer. It is is less expensive than end capping. The cut ends of a runner ending on any horizontal surface should be end finished. A runner end finish is needed for a separate hall/floor runner. It should also be added if your stair runner installation will end on a landing or hallway surface. Click here to see more Serged Ends

How to Order and Common Questions:

– End Finishes are an option on each runner product page. When ordering, simply select the finish you would like.– When ordering more than one runner to be end finished – each length must be added to the cart individually, along with the selected finish. Example: If you would like both a 5′ piece and an 8′ piece, each with an end finish. Choose the 5′ length and Select the end finish you’d like –  Add to Cart.
Choose the 8′ length and Select the end finish you’d like –  Add to Cart. 

– If you would like a hall runner finished to a size other than a full foot increment* – We can certainly accommodate your request. Please let us know immediately after placing your order and we will confirm receipt of your request.  Roll Runner material is sold in linear foot increments. So, you will need to order the next largest full foot increment. Please either use the Contact Us page, reply to your order confirmation OR call us at 203-888-5566.

*End Capped Runner – Finished Length: 

 – When end capping a runner, we hope to create a finished look that uses the pattern in the most pleasing way available within the constraints of two variables: the product pattern repeat and the desired finished length. To achieve pleasing pattern use, it is often necessary to have some flexibility in that length.  We will communicate the potential length variance before fabricating. You can then choose a result that best fits your needs. This type of personal service is what sets us apart form other web sites selling Hall and Stair Runner Products.

(NOTE: If pattern placement is not your priority, an end capped runner can certainly be made to your original desired length) Please Contact Us OR call 203-888-5566  OR 888-590-5566 with any questions about your Hall  and Stair Runner Project

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A structural component that supports the treads and risers. Typically there are two visible stringers and at least one hidden under the treads and risers on a staircase. Those that are visible are typically on either side of the stairs. Stringers alongside are generally routed to receive treads and risers for boxed in stairs. An open staircase or open portion of a staircase may have a visible stringer sitting under the treads and risers. A stringer is a main structural support for most stairways. It is also often a finished, visible trim component which in many cases is painted the same color as the risers and other finish trim.

Carriage is another term used to describe stringers. 


The exposed portion of the step, landing or hall alongside the runner.

This is something to consider when choosing your runner Width.  There are no “rules” as to the reveal. Stair and hall widths vary more than runner product widths. Most often you’ll find that your space has varied widths and therefore your reveal will need to vary within a single staircase or hall. 


  • Often our customers have been told or read that a specific reveal is the rule or that the reveal must be exactly the same throughout the project – our advice is more  specific to your project. There are no “rules” in our experience since there are so many variables in hall and stair projects.
  • Consider that flexibility on the reveal may allow you to use a ready-made runner in a standard width. However, there are cases where a custom width makes sense for all or part of the project. 
  • Attempting to achieve the exact same reveal throughout the project generally results instead in a runner that may appear very inconsistent in its own appearance – so you may need to prioritize a consistent runner width or a consistent reveal. Our approach is generally to strike a balance that is aesthetically appealing overall – rather than one that focuses on a single criteria.

All stated runner widths are approximate.