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Fitting Stair Rods

Fitting stair rods – practical DIY guide

Fitting carpet rods to a stair runner carpet is not difficult. You can ask your carpet fitter to do it for you or do-it-yourself.

Remember: your carpet runner should be attached securely to the staircase by some means other than your staircase rods. When stair rods were first invented, back in the 19th century, they held the runner in place but, in reality, the runner would gradually slip down the staircase and rucks would appear and the carpet would wear unevenly. Today, a carpet runner is typically fitted with gripper along the edges of the stair tread and the stair rods are therefore decorative.

There are three styles of brackets, dependant on the type of stair rod you have purchased: Runner, Front Fix or Side Fix.

How to fit Runner stair rods

The best quality stair rod brackets are hinged, which slot together and are supplied with ranges such as the Premier rod design, Vision and Country, which are all made to measure. A good quality bracket will lift the stairrod high enough off the step to cope with a decent thickness of pile and underlay. Be careful, some of the cheaper ranges on the market come with brackets that are so thin that the thickness of the carpet and underlay bends the rod.

For the Crystal, Country, Eastern Promise, Premier, Vision ranges of carpet rods:

If you have chosen the “Runner” style of bracket, then your brackets will sit either side of your runner and you attach them to the staircase. Each rod is supplied with a pair of hinged brackets and screws. The top and bottom section of each bracket are a pair and should not be muddled up with other brackets.

  1. Fit the carpet runner first.
  2. Start at the bottom of your staircase.
  3. Ease each bracket apart by taking out the dome-headed screw and sliding apart using your fingers.
  4. Place the bottom part of each pair of brackets either side of the runner, adjacent to the carpet edge and in the angle where the tread joins the riser.
  5. Drill a pilot hole: 2.5mm for softwood, 3mm for hardwood and then a 4 mm clearance hole for the screw. Attach screw, making sure you use a low torque to avoid breaking the screw.
  6. Take your stair rod and place it centrally across the bottom brackets, making sure you have the same amount of over-hang on both sides.
  7. Attach the top section of the brackets and screw in dome-headed screw, which will be visible.

For the Blacksmith, Royale and Tudor ranges of carpet rods:

These styles of stair rods are supplied with a pair of matching, unhinged brackets and matching screws. The brackets are attached to the staircase, either side of the runner. Follow instruction (5) above and slide in the rod.

For the Jubilee and Homepride stair rods:

For the off-the-shelf Jubilee and Homepride stair rods, the brackets are attached to the finial ends of the stair rods, whilst the rod section is separate. This means you can cut the rod down to suit your runner. Fix in place, either side of your runner, following the advice provided in (5) above for the top and bottom bracket holes.

How to fit Front Fix rods for a fitted stair carpet

The brackets are half-cup in shape and just fit over the front of the rod and fix through the fitted stair carpet and underlay.

How to fit Side Fix Rods for a fitted stair carpet

These brackets fit to both sides or the stringboard of your staircase. Follow the advice (5) above when attaching them.

Winding stairs

If your staircase is winding or spiral, it is easiest to use a stair rod design with a universal bracket, such as the Blacksmith. These brackets can be easily fitted at a slight angle, which is ideal. If your brackets are standard, like those for the Premier or Vision stair rods (see above), then you will need to likewise fit at a slight angle, working out each step individually.

Blacksmith wrought iron stair rods featuring brackets for a winding stiaircase

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