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Good-Looking Laminate Stair Nose to Protect Front of Step

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on February 3, 2023. Tags: ,

So what does your builder or flooring installer mean when they drop into the conversation that a laminate stair nose will solve your problems? Stair nosings protect the front edge of a step from undue wear and cover up any unsightly seams – they can also make your staircase look oh so smart. But when […]

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Embrace retro with chrome carpet trims

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on June 15, 2022. Tags: ,

Love the look of pristine, beautifully polished chrome carpet trims? Then you are not alone. Whilst for some it may feel like a step back to the 80’s, chrome, the aesthetic of chrome door thresholds can add pizzazz and drama to today’s home. Here we tap into the vibe and suggest how to integrate chrome […]

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Get Creative with Colourful Rug Binding Tape

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on April 11, 2022. Tags:

A simple do-it-yourself option to refresh a space in your home is to make some scatter rugs edged with an attractive rope-style rug binding tape. By using up remnant carpet, you can introduce some fashionable accent colours to your home without breaking the bank. What’s more, binding rugs is a satisfying craft project you can […]

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What are the current design trends in stair carpet rods?

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on October 1, 2021.

Take a look at these trends in stair carpet rods, which have become the go-to accessories to deliver a stunning design aesthetic to staircases. By far and away the most popular style is to pair with a smart stair runner which runs up the central area of a staircase, revealing the painted wood of the […]

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What is the best carpet mat edging available?

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on September 17, 2021.

Having worked in the interiors sector for many years, I’ve come across some products which I just wouldn’t be without. One of these is Easybind carpet mat edging. This is the most versatile and professional-looking carpet binding I’ve come across.  Regardless of the décor it always seems to fit in well and adds a professional […]

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Complete a Statement Staircase with Black Stair Rods

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on September 7, 2021.

Decorating with black might sound risky. However, using black as an accent colour in a decorating scheme can be liberating, dramatic and glamorous.  Black stair rods have the ability to elevate a humdrum, practical flight of steps into a dynamic statement staircase. Simple to install at the time of fitting a new stair carpet or […]

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Think bold with stair carpet runner rails designed for wider staircases

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on July 1, 2021.

By far and away the most popular diameter for stair runner rods is 12mm, or ½” in old money. These are ideal for runners up to around 1m wide (3 feet 3”) and therefore standard for most houses. However, there is a view that your stair carpet runner rails should be chunkier than that for […]

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Tips to rejuvenate old brass stair rods

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on May 25, 2021.

Moving house and discovering a set of old brass stair rods in the loft is surprisingly common, judging by the calls we receive. If you like to revive preloved items for your home and give them a new lease of life, here are a few ideas which may help you turn a mound of metal […]

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3 Fresh Ideas for Stair Carpet Runners this Spring

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on March 3, 2021. Tags: ,

Spring is in the air and it’s a great time of the year to chase away the winter blues with a touch of decorating. Here we take a look at three fresh ideas for stair carpet runners to rejuvenate that dull old staircase at the heart of your home. Naturally inclined with wooden stair rods […]

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What’s the Best Stair Edging to Use on a LVT Covered Staircase?

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on January 22, 2021. Tags: , ,

Having decided to get shot of your old stair carpet and chosen one of the latest luxury vinyl (LVT) floor styles, what are your options for stair edging with LVT flooring? Let’s start at the beginning and first recap why stair nosings are important, then take a look at what the choice is and what […]

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Pile into carpet edge binding & reduce your waste

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on June 18, 2020.

Once you discover there is such a product as carpet edge binding, it is easy to get hooked. Because, not only is it great at edging a rug to match your carpet or create a stair runner, but it also proves to be one of those products that is multi-talented. There are lots of uses […]

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Exclusive Designer Ideas for Modern Stair Rods

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on March 4, 2020. Tags:

The following interior designer ideas illustrate how modern stair rods are currently used in fashionable decorative schemes. No longer simply a design feature for period houses, today they are regularly specified in contemporary show-homes. Whether you are looking for quirky, glamour, humour or fine design, stair carpet rods have a lot to offer. Pack a […]

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Thinking of replacing your old stair rods?

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on February 18, 2020.

Recently, I was staying at a rather nice bijou hotel with an eclectic décor scheme, complete with a worn stair runner and old stair rods. The “shabby chic” staircase had certainly gone beyond any claim to style and instead just looked forlorn and unwelcoming. Certainly not in-keeping with the image of the hotel. First impressions […]

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Discover the latest trends in stair rods

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on December 19, 2019. Tags: , ,

Carpet stair rods have been around for a century or more and yet they have never been more popular and fashionable than now. And so, for anyone thinking of installing them on their staircase, I’ve listed some of the latest trends in stair rods for 2020. Slender 9mm diameter rods In recent years, there has […]

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Spotlight on Chrome Door Bars for a Glamorous Vibe

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on November 7, 2019.

This is the time of year when the days get shorter, light levels drop and many of us turn our attention inwards to our homes. If you think yours is looking a bit dreary and in need of  some life then here we take a look at chrome door bars and how to use them […]

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Installing Stair Rods on Runner and Fitted Stair Carpets

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on October 10, 2019. Tags: , , ,

New stair rods are typically sold complete with a pair of brackets, which you use to attach the rod securely to the staircase. The bracket design is different depending on whether you are fitting a stair runner carpet or a fitted stair carpet. So, do make sure you choose the correct type when ordering. Runner […]

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Antique Brass Stair Clips Pull Off 1930s Look

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on July 3, 2019. Tags: , ,

On a recent visit to Eltham Palace in Greenwich, London I was interested to find antique brass stair clips in a dull dark-grey, almost pewter finish, gracing the gently curving staircases. I was standing in the ‘lineresque’ entrance hall, complete with circular 1930s geometric-styled rug. Decorative stair rod clips ‘Sweeping’ does come to mind when […]

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Quality stair carpet rods to transform a staircase

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on April 9, 2019. Tags: ,

Do you ever open your front door, walk into your house and just feel it looks, well…dreary and boring? The secret style tip is to add immediate character with some quality stair carpet rods. Easily fitted to an existing stair runner or carpet, a pristine set of decorative carpet rods provides a welcoming touch of […]

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10 Value Flooring Ideas

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on December 23, 2016. Tags: ,

Changing your flooring can seem a bit daunting and sounds expensive. But here we explore 10 value flooring ideas which don’t cost the earth and are easily achievable and look fabulous. 1. Investing in a new carpet, wood floor or stair runner can be expensive A great alternative is to paint your floorboards instead. You […]

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How to Prevent Chips and Scuff Marks on Skirting

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on October 14, 2016.

It is absolutely maddening when chips and scuff marks on skirting miraculously just appear. Invariably, it is the corners which take such a bashing. It’s easily done. Little ones, shaky on their pins, shave the corners with their baby walkers, kids hurtle into them on their trikes, luggage and bags are big sinners and vacuum […]

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The 5 Most Popular Stair Runner Rods

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on August 5, 2016. Tags: , , ,

Stair runner rods come in all sorts of designs and sizes and in many finishes. We offer more than 100  different styles and it is interesting to see what is trending and which are the most popular carpet rods, currently. Whatever the design of your stair runner carpet, for many adding a flight of stair […]

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New Black Flooring Trims in Stock

Posted by Elsa Lawrence, on July 15, 2016. Tags: ,

Decorating with black has always seemed a rather brave concept to me. But Stairrods (UK) has just brought out its comprehensive range of flooring trims in a fabulous matt black and I’ve done a U-turn! After all, wrought iron black has been part of our decorative mix for centuries. So, the new black flooring trims […]

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