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Fitting Stair Rods

Fitting stair rods & measuring up for ordering the correct lengths

The following suggestions re fitting stair rods is intended as a useful guide. For more detailed and professional advice, please contact a local, experienced carpet fitter.

Please note: your stair carpet should be attached securely to the staircase by some means other than your stair rods. A carpet runner is typically fitted with gripper, along the edges of the stair tread. Consequently, the stair rods are simply decorative.

Beaumont stair rods in polished brass, fitting stair rods on bordered runner
The Beaumont stair rod from the Royale collection shown with a runner

Royale and Tudor runner stair rods

We suggest that:

  • 25-50mm (1-2”) gap is left between the tip of the finials and the side of the staircase. This will depend on the width of the stairs and your personal preference.
  • For stair runners: add around 150mm (6”) to the width of the stair runner to arrive at the tip-to-tip measurement of Royale runner stair rods.
  • Whilst, for stair runners add around 100mm (4”) to arrive at the tip-to-tip measurement for a Tudor runner stair rod order.

Fitting the stair rods:

  1. Fit the carpet runner first and then install the brackets from the bottom step upwards.
  2. Place the bottom part of each pair of brackets either side of the runner, adjacent to the edge and in the angle where the tread joins the riser.
  3. Drill a pilot hole: 2.5mm for soft wood and 3mm for hardwood. Use a low torque on a power drill to avoid breaking the screws.
  4. Then drill a clearance hole of 4mm for the screw shank.
  5. Finally, screw in the top screw, which is internal. Place your stair rod centrally in the brackets & attach the top section of the brackets and screw in the second screw, which is visible.

Note: for fully fitted carpets, the Front Fit brackets are fitted on top of the rod and screw in through the carpet.

Premier, Eastern Promise, Vision, Crystal and Country runner stair rods

We suggest that:

  • 25-50mm (1-2”) gap is left between the tip of the finial and the side of the staircase, depending on the width of the stairs and your personal preference.
  • For stair runners: add around 100 mm (4”) to the width of the stair runner to arrive at the tip-to-tip measurement to order

Preparing a hinged runner bracket for fitting:

  • The top and bottom sections of a bracket should not be muddled with other pairs of brackets.
  • To fit, first separate by removing the dome-headed screw and gently easing open the bracket with thumb and first two fingers.

Fitting a hinged runner bracket:

  1. Make sure you keep note as to the top and bottom sections of the brackets, as they are different.
  2. Place the bottom part of each pair of brackets either side of the runner, adjacent to the edge and in the angle where the tread joins the riser.
  3. Use a low torque on a power drill to avoid breaking the screws (No. 6 screws supplied).
  4. Drill a pilot hole: 2.5mm for soft wood and 3mm for hardwood.
  5. Drill a clearance hole of 4mm for the screw shank.
  6. Screw in the top screw, which is internal. Place your stair rod centrally in the brackets and attach the top section of the brackets and screw in the second screw, which is visible.

Fitting a front fix bracket:

The brackets are fitted on top of the rod and screw in through the carpet. Please refer to fitting a hinged bracket (above) for advice.

Jubilee brass stair rods hollow on striped runner carpet
The Jubilee stair rod finials are attached to the bracket

 

Homepride and Jubilee stair rods for runners (only)

We suggest that:

  • 25-50mm (1-2”) gap is left between the tip of the finial and the side of the staircase, depending on the width of the stairs and your personal preference.
  • The finials (decorative ends) are supplied attached to the brackets and there are four standard length options. Choose the relevant one for the width of your runner.

Fitting stair rods:

  1. Use a low torque on a power drill to avoid breaking the screws (No. 6 screws supplied).
  2. Drill a pilot hole: 2.5mm for soft wood and 3mm for hardwood.
  3. Fit one bracket to the tread and riser, then cut the rod to size and fit before attaching the second bracket.

Blacksmith stair rods

We suggest that:

  • 25-50mm (1-2”) gap is left between the tip of the finial and the side of the staircase, depending on the width of the stairs and your personal preference.
  • For stair runners: add around 100 mm (4”) to the width of the stair runner to arrive at the approximate tip-to-tip measurement to order and select the closest length available.

Fitting the stair rods

  • Use a low torque on a power drill to avoid breaking the screws (No. 8 screws supplied).
  • Drill a pilot hole: 2.5mm for soft wood and 3mm for hardwood.
  • Crew in one bracket to the tread and riser, then cut the rod to size and fit before attaching the second bracket.
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