How to choose the best stair carpet for your home


From the moment you walk through the front door, you’ll notice the staircase as one of the main features of your house. Its function is to connect different rooms and different floors, which makes this not only a high-traffic area but the main artery through the building. So, when it comes to choosing the best carpet for your stairs, it is important to get it right.

At Greg Stone Flooring, we’ve been in the carpet business for over 40 years. As a Sussex-based family business with a large warehouse showroom in Portslade near Brighton, we have a vast range of top-quality carpets available at very keen prices including a huge selection of carpet roll ends to take away the same day. If you are looking for professional advice and guidance to choose the best stair carpet for your home, you couldn’t be in better hands.


As a high footfall area in the house, stair carpets must be able to withstand wear and tear with ease. Did you know that we tread more heavily on stairs than on flat surfaces? This means that your choice of domestic carpets must be able to cope with the impact of gravity in addition to frequent use. Look for a hardwearing carpet that is designed for ‘heavy domestic use’ or ‘extra heavy domestic use’ and that won’t flatten under heavy footfall. Choose the most durable carpet within your budget and you will get more years of use from your investment.


Stairs can be prone to accidents – you don’t want to lose your footing on carpet that’s too thick. A plush carpet isn’t always more durable. The best choice of carpet for your stairs should be soft underfoot while providing more traction than harder surfaces. Look for carpet with a low pile (3/4″ or less) that will stand up to wear and tear and give you stability underfoot while you’re going up and down stairs. At Greg Stone Flooring, we provide a vast range of carpet options including stair runners made to order. What’s more, we offer a full fitting service carried out by our expertly trained team for your ultimate peace of mind.


If your budget permits, a wool stair carpet will resist dirt and stains and retain its shape best. If you go for a looped style such as a Berber, choose the best you can afford and ensure it is properly installed. Man-made fibres such as polypropylene may be more affordable but make sure you choose a shorter pile that doesn’t flatten easily. For combination fibres, a wool and polypropylene mix keeps its appearance well and is easy to maintain while a wool and nylon mix is durable and keeps its shape. Visit our carpet warehouse for the best prices and massive discounts on a huge range of carpets!

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The colour of your stair carpet needs to work both in terms of visual appeal and practicality. If you don’t want to draw attention to the staircase, a neutral or mid-toned carpet can provide a pleasing backdrop. But if you do want your staircase to stand out as an architectural feature, choosing a bold colour or pattern such as stripes or monochromes is a great way to do it. Neutrals are also perfect for creating a warm and welcoming look in large and small spaces. Mid-toned greys and browns are most practical for busy homes with children and pets. Darker colours give a cosy feel to the space.

Stair Runners

With Karndean and luxury vinyl tile flooring being popular options for many homes, stair runners are an excellent way to combine and contrast hard and soft flooring to get the best of both worlds. Choose harmonious or contrasting colours, or patterns such as stripes or herringbone, to bring your interior spaces together. Consider installing stair rods to add extra interest – they’re a rising trend! Metal stair rods were originally used to keep stair runners in place. These days they’re added as more of a decorative feature. At Greg Stone Flooring, we have a choice of polished stair rods available to add that designer touch to your stair runners while protecting the edge of the stair from wear and tear and preventing slips or accidents on your staircase.

Contact Greg Stone Flooring

At Greg Stone Flooring, we can help with all your flooring and carpet needs. Visit our carpet showroom in Portslade for a vast range of product choices along with friendly and knowledgeable advice on the best choice of stair carpets for your home.