There is any number of reasons why one would want to have carpet on his or her stairs. For instance, the exposed non decorative decking material used to build stairs may not suit one's fancy.

Perhaps the homeowner is gravitationally susceptible or uprightly challenged and does not wish to experience the inevitable hard landing.

Whatever the reason, carpet for stairs can seem to be a daunting proposition, but it does not have to be. If you have decided that carpet is right for your stairs, then this article will set out a few things that you may need to know.

You probably already know that carpet is softer than wood, and if you have a little one who spends much time close to the ground, he or she knows this too.

Tile is impractical for stairs; it may work in some places, but in the typical American home, it looks a little clunky. So, carpet for stairs is your choice; read on.

There are different methods for installing carpet on stairs; the most popular is with the soft side up. This is important to note for those who may have attended (insert your alma mater's rival here).

Seriously though, one method for installation of carpet for stairs is the so-called waterfall method. This involves one piece of carpet cut for the entire set of stairs.

This method is not always the best, as carpet may have a tendency to come loose from the stairs in a short period of time.

The more professional method of installing carpet on stairs is call the cap and band. In this method, each of the stairs has its own piece of carpet, which is firmly affixed to the stair.

Not only will this method increase the likelihood of the carpet remaining in place longer, it makes the stairs feel pretty special too. It is not impossible to install carpet on the stairs for the average person, as long as one is comfortable with certain tools and working with his or her hands.

For the carpet for stairs that will be installed, a good padding is recommended. This is actually true for all carpets, as this will not only feel better, but it will also allow for better wear and life for the carpet.

The tools needed for carpet installation include a large carpenter's square, tape measure, sharp utility knife, heavy-duty stapler, blunt chisel, hammer and saw.

In addition to these items, one will need enough tackless strips to have two per stair tread, which is the part on which one walks. These can be found at your local home improvement store.

This article will not get into the detail of installation, but here are some points to remember about carpet for stairs.

Measure twice; cut once. The tackless strips are meant to grab the carpet, not you; install the points accordingly.

Installing carpet on your stairs is not too hard to do, but it is not easy enough to do often. Choose wisely and enjoy.