How to choose the best carpet for your stairs

Date posted: 26/03/18

Stair carpets can last many years if they are properly cared for; however, if you live in a busy household with constant foot traffic from humans and your four-legged friends, you might find your carpet starts looking a bit tatty before too long. If your current carpet is showing signs of wear and tear sooner than you expected, it might be worth considering a different type when you come to replace it.

Here are some of the factors to bear in mind when you re-carpet your stairs.


You will need a tough, durable carpet than can withstand constant foot traffic. The stairs of any home are one of the busiest areas – just think about how many times you walk up and down them in a single day, then multiply this by the rest of your household. Stairs are also often a prime attraction for household pets, with cats in particular often enjoying stretching out and scratching the carpet on the stairs. Before choosing a carpet, make sure it is suitable for use on stairs. All carpets are not created equal – many types will not be suitable for such a high-traffic part of the home.


It is easy to assume that a thicker carpet is going to be more durable than a thin one, but this is not always the case. Carpets that are very thick are not always suitable for use on stairs and can cause fitting problems; in addition, a thick carpet can be a tripping hazard – something no one wants on or around the stairs. Thinner carpets can be highly durable, but always check the manufacturer’s or retailer’s advice to make sure your chosen carpet is suitable for stairs.

Soil resistance

It is always worth opting for a soil-resistant carpet if you can, especially if you have children and/or pets in your home. You might be surprised to learn that soil resistance and stain resistance are not the same thing. When it comes to stairs, stain resistance is not particularly important because it is not an area of the home where people are likely to be eating or drinking or otherwise doing anything that might cause stains. A soil-resistant carpet, however, will help prevent particles of dirt sticking to the fibres. Regular vacuuming will also pick up any debris and dirt, preventing it becoming ground into the carpet or pushed deep into the fibres.