The Proper Way to Gauge Carpet Sizing for Steps

When calculating how much carpet you'll need for your stairs, carefully measure the entire area from the landing to the hallway, taking detailed notes as you go.

If you closely follow this helpful step-by-step guide for measuring stairs for carpet, your final plan should include a landing sketch, individual stair measurements, and a hallway sketch - everything you need to order carpet for your stairs. Take out your tape measure or ruler and start measuring.

  1. Draw a floorplan of your landing and hallway, then use an arrow to indicate where the stairs descend from the landing. Tapi Top Tip Double (and triple) check that this information is included in the plan - it's critical to ensure that the carpet pile is oriented correctly.
  2. Measure your landing as you would a regular room, taking into account any doorways. Use our room measurement guide to assist you. Tapi Insider Tip: The part of the stairs where you put your foot is referred to as a 'tread.' The 'nose' of the step is the edge of the step. The vertical section is known as a 'riser.'
  3. The measurements for the landing plan must include the top stair. Begin measuring from the doorway or opposite wall of the top step, then run the tape measure over the top stair's nose and down to the tread. This must be done in one measurement because the carpet must run down the top stair in one piece without a join, and all the stairs must run in the same direction.

You're now ready to measure the rest of the stairwell.

4. Next, count how many straight stairs you have and how many are winders. Because the winders will all be different sizes, they must be measured individually. And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, it bears repeating: only record actual measurements on your plan.

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5. When measuring straight stairs, begin at the back of the top riser (where it meets the previous step), proceed over the nose (edge of the step), and descend to the back of the next tread (where it meets the next step). then measure the width and make a note of both measurements on your plan


6. If you have a half landing, measure the width across it (see orange line), then the length of it (including the drop over the step and down to the back of the next tread) (see grey line).

7. When measuring winders or curved stairs, measure each one separately. Pile direction must be at a right angle over the nose of the stair, so measure from the back of the stair tread, over the nose, and then down the stair riser to the next tread, then record the size (see grey line). To determine the width, take a measurement from the inner corner on the narrow edge to the farthest point on the widest edge (see orange line). Repeat for all of your winding stairs and make a note of them.

Carpet measurement in a hallway

Finally, the hallway must be measured.

  1. Draw a floor plan of your hallway, then measure it as you would a room, taking into account all doorways, alcoves, and drop backs. Keep in mind that some walls are not parallel, so take a few measurements from wall to wall.
  2. After you've taken all of your measurements, draw an arrow on your floor plan to show where the stairs enter the hallway. This is critical for pile direction.

When it comes to volume, it all comes down to how much carpet you need to cover your stairs and landing, as well as which carpet you choose. For example, suppose you have a staircase with 13 steps and 1 landing. 1 metre by 2 metres 2 metre landing, add the total square metre coverage of the stairs to the total square metre coverage of the landing to get your total - you'd be looking at 10 square metres of carpet.


If you bought a carpet for £5, You would pay approximately £59 per m2. 99 for the entire carpet material We strongly advise you to have your carpet professionally installed, which will cost you around £52. You will also require additional underlay and accessories, and with delivery, the total cost for your carpet and all services will be around £295. You can make an appointment with one of our floorologists today to get a more accurate quote.

How long does carpeting your landing take?

The length of time it takes to carpet your stairs and landing will be determined by your level of expertise. If you hire a professional carpet fitter, which we always recommend, the process will be much faster, lasting approximately 30 minutes on average. If you choose to install your carpet yourself, you must allow for learning time (as well as time for mistakes). ) so it will most likely take around 90 minutes or two hours.

The process of adding carpet padding will also add time to this total, as it is an important part of fitting stairs to ensure that they are comfortable and will significantly extend the life of your stairs.

How frequently should it be replaced?

As stairs are used frequently throughout the day, you may notice that your carpet begins to show signs of wear and tear over time. Most standard carpets will need to be replaced every five to fifteen years; the better maintained they are, the longer they will last. If you want to keep your carpet in good condition for years to come, there are a few things you should do:

  • Install padding beneath your stair carpet.
  • Clean your stairs on a regular basis.
  • Wear no shoes on your carpet.

More information about carpet care can be found in our carpet care guide.

That concludes our discussion of how to measure your stairs for carpet. All you have to do now is contact us, either by visiting your local Tapi store or by calling our order direct line on 03330 150 501, and we'll provide you with a free quote in the blink of an eye. Also, if you place an order, we'll be happy to come over and do a free measurement check to ensure that all measurements are 100% correct.

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