Category Archives: Glossary

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.


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. 


Hall Runner

Roll Runner or Stair Runner material is manufactured in a narrow width on a long roll. This material can be cut to custom lengths and is sold by the linear foot for use in hallways or anywhere a long/narrow rug is needed.  The distinction is not the material itself, rather the place where it is used. 

A long narrow rug (runner) made in a ready made size is typically limited to about 7 to 8 feet in length but may be referred to as a hall runner – however a roll runner is much more versatile since it can be cut and finished to your desired length for a longer hall or other space. 

When using runner material for a hall or any runner which will end on a floor or landing surface – the runner will need an end finish. Please Click Here to learn about end finishes. 

Angled Landing

Angled Landing is described as a single platform or landing which is not square or rectangular, rather turns at an angle as it connects two sections of straight steps. (this is very different than pie steps which is a series of 2 or more steps triangular in shape – we do not ship pie steps) These landings can also be a variation of a square when the outside corner is “clipped” and therefore at an angle. Generally these landings turn just once left or right but these can also be “U” shaped, turning twice. This is a landing fabrication that we can ship, ready to be installed Please visit this page for examples of our angled landing work.

Approximate Width

At you can shop for stair runner by width – you’ll then be able to further filter your results within that width category.

All stated stair runner width dimensions are approximate. As with many products, stair runners are manufactured with what is considered an acceptable tolerance. Most often roll runner material is within one half inch of the stated width. Although, the difference can be  greater and still be considered within tolerance. If you’re concerned about the exact width –  please contact us. 


Most runner products used for hall and stair runner projects consist of a design that includes a border and Field. The border is generally a design running along the sides of the runner which is visually separate from the center design or Field.. The border may be just 1 inch wide or even 5 to 7 inches depending on the design and width of the runner.

End Finish

Hall and Stair Runners, also known as Roll Runners are manufactured and cut from a long roll, often 80 to 100 feet long. “End” refers to the 2 short (end) dimensions where the material was cut from the roll – these ends are unfinished. The 2 long sides of the material are finished with serging by the manufacturer. Depending on how you plan to use the runner, you may need to have the ends finished.   Please visit this page for photos and detailed information about End Finishes to learn which type of finish you might need or might like for your project: End Finishes Explained


Runners are generally woven using either wool fiber or synthetic fiber.  A few in our Wool category are a blend of Wool and Nylon.

Regardless of the fiber, most woven products are constructed in similar ways on the same types of looms. The two fibers differ in appearance, color and texture. Either category includes products in an array of density, quality, style and price. Synthetic fiber is typically a less expensive choice.

Products are either in the wool category OR the synthetic category – a given pattern is NOT available in a choice of fiber.