I’ve seen my share of custom carpeted
Whether you’re having a runner installed or it’s a complete wall to wall installation, I suggest creating a strategy to help you see the project through to a timely and successful conclusion.
Tip #1: Find a design that really attracts you. Explore the internet and dig deep if you have to. I’ve seen great
Tip#2: Qualify your rug fabricator and installer. Ask a few questions: Have they ever worked on a project like yours? Can you see some pictures? Share your design ideas with the rug fabricator and request a few layout ideas. A design can flow down just one side, or it can be a random pattern, or it can be precisely placed on each tread. The one area you want to avoid any side seams (aka horizontal seams – vertical seams are no problem) is right at the pivot point of the tread and riser. Each step has a tread and a riser, the riser is the actual face of each step, and the tread is the actual step. A horizontal seam at the pivot point, which is under tension as it folds over the step, will probably open up and grin – this is not good. This can be avoided through careful design… just plan ahead a little.
Tip#3: Discover the type of installation you want: Will the
On the other hand, wall to wall installations have many facets. You may just have one wall, and then a side wrap. Or you may have a ‘more common box
Tip#4: Consider a continuation of the design into the hallway or rooms on the second level. I’ve seen clever designs that continue into the next room and gracefully taper off, instead of an abrupt ending at the top of the
If you’re doing a runner installation, usually it’s best to start at the top riser and finish at the bottom riser, or conversely, you can go from top tread to bottom tread; this leaves the top and bottom risers exposed.
Tip #5: If you’re having trouble locating a rug fabricator to do your job, don’t lose hope. Check your yellow pages online and look for ‘carpet workrooms’ or ‘carpet binding’. You can also contact your local carpet dealers and ask some questions. A good installer can probably add a couple of decorative borders if you want to keep it simple. If you decide to add borders, keep the border widths in balance with the overall
As you have learned, there are plenty of creative solutions to getting that custom carpeted
We’ve covered a few of the basic questions in our discovery process. Let’s recap the key points: Investigate design ideas; there are so many creative ideas to bounce around that you can really have fun with this stage. Next, find a qualified rug fabricator and installer – hint: find the fabricator first because they may already be installers too. Consider your installation options; do you want to cover your stairs completely? Or do a runner type install? Think about the possibility of continuing your design into other spaces of your home. Finally, try a deeper search if you are struggling to find a rug fabricator, explore online sources and local carpet dealers.