What is the best carpet for the stairs and hallway?

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Carpets can make the stairs better looking, less slippery, and therefore safer. The carpet on the stairs is a bit different compared to other areas in the house. They should be durable and have to look good when wrapped around edges. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Quality is important
  • The thicker the better?
  • Dirt resistance

Quality is important
Hallways and stairs are high traffic areas in the house. Stairways have to endure even more because of the gravity force it should resist going up and down the stairs. To go for a high-quality carpet might cost something upfront, but it will save money in the long run because it needs to be replaced less frequently. The carpet you choose for your bed and living room might not be suitable for your hallway or stairs.

The thicker the better?
Some think that a thick carpet means longer durability. This is not always true. Some carpets with thin profiles can have high durability, while thick carpets can be packed with air. When you choose a thick carpet for the stairs this can be dangerous, because it wraps around the front edge of the stair. Acting like a ramp for your foot, but nothing to support it underneath. It is best to go for a carpet with a pile density rating around 9 pounds, padding of 7/16 inch or less, and a pile height of ½ inch or less.

Dirt resistance
If you choose this carpet to only cover your hallway and stairs, stain resistance is not the most important thing to keep in mind. However, soil resistance is. Dirt from your shoes outside or the oils of your pets’ paws or your own feet can leave residue on the carpet. To choose a soil-resistant carpet means this residue will not stick to the fibers.