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Measuring Stair Rods

Step 1: General advice when measuring stair rods

  • Stair rods are decorative only and therefore stair carpets (or natural flooring) and runners must be secured to a staircase by another means.
  • When working out the length of stair carpet rods you need to order, it is advisable to check the measurement for each one as they may vary. This can be due to a number of reasons including steps can vary in width and runners can get wider when turning a corner.
  • Most carpet rods are made-to-measure and are therefore tailored to individual customer orders. In consequence, they are non-returnable, so it is best to double-check your measurements to avoid being disappointed.
  • Likewise, please note there is a 1% tolerance on all stair rod lengths.
  • Some designs feature finials (the two decorative end sections) which are removable whereas others are integral to the rod.
  • If you wish to see a small sample before ordering, please get in touch and we will be happy to send you up to two free samples in the post.
  • And finally, do remember it is common to fit a stair rod at ground floor level, at the base of the bottom step.

Step 2: How to measure up for stair rods

When buying your stair rods it is important that you choose the correct length when ordering. To help you, please consider our guidance below to calculate what you require:

  • First, decide if your stair carpet (or natural flooring) is a runner or fitted carpet, as this will influence the fixing of rod you should order.
  • For a runner carpet choose the Runner fixing, whereas for fitted carpets, decide if you prefer the Front Fix or Side Fix type of Fixing for your carpet rods and order the correct option accordingly.
  • Most of the stair rod designs are made-to-measure to suit your requirements and are therefore ready to fit when delivered. Our on-line shopping site allows you to choose from an extensive selection of Rod Lengths, depending on the design. So, simply choose the closest to the tip-to-tip measurement you have calculated (see below for tips how to do this).
  • However, the economy Jubilee and Homepride designs are supplied in 4 fixed lengths only, which you cut to length at home.

Step 3: Then work out the correct length for:

RUNNER rods:

Stair Rod Design Rod Dimension How to calculate the length to order
Crystal: Amber, Rainbow, Rose, Sky

Tudor: Light, Dark

Vision: Arrow, Piston, Sphere

Premier: Balmoral, Chatsworth, Hanover, Lancaster Windsor, Woburn

Blacksmith: Ball, Flat

Country: Arran, Balladeer, Bordeaux, Sherwood

12mm (1/2″) Made-to-measure stair rods, bespoke-made. Brackets supplied loose with each rod; rods are supplied with the finials attached. For fitting instructions read here.

For all these designs: allow around 100mm (around 4″) more than the width of the stair runner. This is the tip-to-tip measurement to  be ordered.

In so doing, you will have around 50mm either side of your stair runner, sufficient for the bracket, a small section of rod and decorative finial.

Then check you have at least a small gap between the end of the finial and the side of your staircase (stringboard) to achieve an elegant look.

Royale: Beaumont, Louis, Vue All Made-to-measure stair rods, bespoke-made. Brackets supplied loose with each rod; rods are supplied with the finials attached.  For fitting instructions read here.

Allow around 150mm (around 6″) more than the width of the stair runner. This is the tip-to-tip measurement to be ordered.

In so doing, you will have around 75mm either side of your stair runner, sufficient for the bracket, a small section of rod and decorative finial.

Then check you have at least a small gap between the end of the finial and the side of your staircase (stringboard) to achieve an elegant look.

Eastern Promise: Cairo, Dubai, Dune 

Premier: Balmoral, Chatsworth, Hanover, Lancaster Windsor, Woburn

Country: Arran, Balladeer, Bordeaux, Sherwood

16mm (⅝”) Made-to-measure stair rods, bespoke-made. Brackets supplied loose with each rod; rods are supplied with the finials attached.  For fitting instructions read here.

Allow 150mm (around 6″) more than the width of the stair runner. This is the tip-to-tip measurement to be ordered.

In so doing, you will have around 75mm either side of your stair runner, sufficient for the bracket, a small section of rod and decorative finial.

Then check you have at least a small gap between the end of the finial and the side of your staircase (stringboard) to achieve an elegant look.

Jubilee

Homepride

9mm

12mm (1/2″)

Both designs are supplied in a choice of four fixed lengths only. The finials (end pieces) are attached to the brackets and the rods are supplied loose. You simply cut the rod to length, at home. Choose the appropriate length for the width of your runner.

Front fix rods

These rods are supplied with brackets which cup over the front of the rod only and are fixed through the carpet. The tip-to-tip measurement (including finials) should allow for a gap between the decorative finial (end) of the rod and the side of the staircase. The size of gap really depends on your personal preference.

Side fix rods

These rods are supplied without any finials and are supplied with brackets which screw to the side of the staircase. Measure up accordingly. The end of the rod should be hidden within the bracket.

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