Neophyte needs ideas for non-skid stair tread covering

jamesfjamesfApril 20, 2009

Greetings old-house people...I am remodeling a 1925 cottage/cape house. The decor is medium hue painted walls with generous white base molding, and cherry-stained oak floors. Yesterday I pulled up the carpet runner from the stairs leading to the 2nd floor because the dishwater color no longer matched. I also, perhaps foolishly, tore out the carpet tack strips without having a Plan. Now I have tricolor treads that need painting, then a non-skid covering, and I don't know what to use for that.

The previous runner was generic (cut pile I think) and provided adequate grip for anything. I've had berber and it seemed too slippery. I think sanded paint would tear up socks. Individual treads in a nice Persian pattern is my first aesthetic choice, but the nose of the treads would be exposed and slippery for when I fly down the stairs using the nose as a slide. Rubber treads wouldn't fit the style.

Is there material I've missed?



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We purchased a very nice wool carpet runner for our 1930s Tudor stairs. It looks marvelous and has withstood ALOT of foot traffic w/ no noticable wear showing.

I enjoyed the look so much, we used a cheap olefin carpet runner down to the semi finished basement level. This also turned out great and was very easy since it was being attached to pine (painted) steps and the olefin has no backing/ pad.

I purchased both thru

Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 9:57PM
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I remembered seeing some once in Skymall while on a plane, and I found the link for them, which I've posted for you below.

Carla in Sac

Here is a link that might be useful: Nonslip stair treads

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 5:01PM
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