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Stair Carpet Bars

How to enhance your staircase and create a welcoming ambience

Stair carpet bars are a unique decorative feature that add style and character to the heart of your home. Choose from over 40 different designs in a choice of finishes, rod styles and diameters.

They enhance and revitalise the most mundane-looking or drab flights of stairs. From cheap stair rods which you cut-to-measure on site, to solid brass, made-to-measure stair rods for contemporary-styled runners, carpet rods help to create an inviting ambience. Open the front door with confidence.

Louis stair carpet bars in polished brass on striped, natural runner
Louis stair rods, triangular in style with a flat face

Runners or fitted carpets – choose the correct stair rods option

Most ranges have a runner option i.e. they can be ordered with brackets suitable for fitting with a stair runner. Runner rods attach either side of your stair runners, all the way up the staircase. Simply select the ‘Runner’ option when ordering.  Some designs are also available for fitted carpets which cover the full width of your stairs.  In these cases select either the ‘Front Fix’ or ‘Side Fix’ bracket options.

The diameter needs to be in proportion

The diameter of the rod depends on the scale of your staircase, particularly the width of the steps. A 12mm (1/2”) diameter rod is recommended as suitable for the typical house. A wide staircase, such as those found in hotels, requires a more substantial diameter rod and the Country, Eastern Promise and Premier ranges are available in larger options up to 16mm (5/8”). All are supplied with a pair of matching stair rod brackets.

Cylindrical and triangular rods

Whilst most stairrods are cylindrical, the Royale and Tudor ranges have a flat, visible face and are supplied with matching triangular stair rod brackets. The design first became popular in the early 19th century and works particularly well in a period property.

Choose a style of rod reflective of your décor

Further decorative embellishments provide additional interest, including the reeded and spiral stair runner rods style, which are available in the Eastern Promise, Crystal, Vision and Country ranges of hollow stair runner rods, and the hexagonal-rod of the Premier Hanover design.

Finials and end pieces that tell a story

The stairrods finials, often referred to as the ‘end pieces’, help define the overall style of your staircase. If you are looking for a period feel then take a look at ranges such as the solid brass Premier. Meanwhile, the quirky Country designs offer a patriotic flavour with designs such as the Arran thistle, Sherwood acorn and Bordeux fleur-de-lys and or the traditional Royale stairs rods. Alternatively, the Victorian carpet clips provide a neat option. More contemporary stair carpet bar designs include the Vision and Crystal ranges.

stair rod in antique brass with a thistle-styled end section
The Arran stair rod in antique brass – available spiral, plain or reeded rod

Choose a metal finish to complement

In terms of finish, the choice of metal finishes available means you can complement other accessories, such as light fittings, door furniture and carpet thresholds. This is a great way to achieve a note of sophistication to your décor scheme.

The finish choice is extensive−everything from traditional, polished brass stairs rods to the latest fashion in black and chrome stair rods. The wrought iron and stainless steel effects in the Blacksmith provide a rustic and industrial note, whilst the timeless appeal of wood makes the Tudor range a natural option.

Custom-made or cut-to-size on site

The price of stairrods varies depending on the complexity of the design, quality, finish and length. If you are looking for some cheap stair rods then take a look at the value Homepride and Jubilee ranges, which are available in fixed lengths that you cut to size yourself. All our other ranges are made-to-measure and offer fine quality and detailing, along with a matching pair of stair rod brackets.

Keeping brass stair rods looking pristine is simple

  • Fit the carpet runner first and install the brackets starting from the bottom step and work upwards.
  • Place the bottom part of each pair of brackets either side of the runner, adjacent to the edge of the carpet and in the angle where the tread joins the riser.
  • 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.
  • Drill a clearance hole of 4mm for the screw shank.
  • 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 brackets are fitted on top of the rod and screw into the staircase through the carpet.

Replacement brackets for all types of stair carpet bars

If you inherit old carpet rods then quite often the brackets are missing – they always appear to be what gets lost over time.

We sell replacement cylindrical and triangular pairs of brackets (without stair rods) in a variety of finishes.

Beware – you may find older rods are more slender in diameter to those sold today. In which case, you can simply fill the void with some foam to prevent them from moving around unnecessarily.

How to fit stair rods to your staircase

  1. Fit the carpet runner first and start fitting 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.
  4. Drill a clearance hole of 4mm for the screw shank.
  5. Screw in the top screw, which is internal. Place your rod centrally in the brackets and attach the top section of the brackets and screw in the second screw, which is visible.

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

And now you can order stair runner rods for curved steps

To optimise the impact of a staircase, the rods should be fitted on each step – beautifully stepped, one above the other. This includes the very bottom rise, which typically joins to a hall floor. For staircases with a curved starter step, this can pose an issue as most stairrods are completely straight. However, we now offer a bespoke service to make curved rods to match a template. This service is available for most cylindrical designs we sell, when you order a set of stair rods for your staircase – please get in touch for further information : E: sales@carpetrunners.co.uk

Curved stair rods fitted on stair runner
Curved Stair Rods Made to a Template
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