Choosing a Runner Width
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.
- We also have a separate group of Custom Width Runner products.
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 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 staircase and hallway widths vary more than runner product widths – and 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 but there are no “rules” as to the reveal. (Reveal = the exposed area alongside the runner) and the reveal can and often does vary or must 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.
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