Trade-Quoting for Stairs

Enhance  Your Stair Runner with the Perfect Edging

With the increased high-density housing in New Zealand and the use of elevation to assist in this, stairs are becoming commonplace in our new homes.

It is important to choose the right edging finish for the stair runner and mitigate risk between you, us and your client. 

When choosing the proper edging for your client, it is critical to manage your customers’ expectations and understand your carpet layer’s experience and capability when carpeting stairwells as they are nailing the runners to a wooden floor or glueing them to concrete, and there is no margin for error.

Carpetbinders is the middle person and has recently been caught on both matters.

Edging services offered for stairways

Overlocking/Whipping –  Thou popular and cost-effective method, There is a downside to this finish as it may spout tufts through the overlocking, especially on the bull nose of each step. Therefore we will not offer overlocking as a finish for stair runners unless you guarantee that you have advised the customer that yarn tuft sprouting may happen, and we are indemnified of any misconceptions about this finish on a stair runner.

Narrow or Slimline tape finish – this edging is our most popular finish and provides minimal blow black from disgruntled clients, as you can manage their expectations. This discreet edging gives a seamless finish, and the runner appears to be floating on the stairway. It also has longevity in its wear and tear.

7.5cm Synthetic Tape Finish is another popular finish for narrow stairways. It defines the stair runner but doesn’t dominate the confined space as the 3.5 cm band of tape is proportionate to the stair runner and stairwell.

12.5cm Cotton Tape finish is not available for stairs.


For the edging of stair runners, we take each binding assignment on a case by case, and it will have the variables including the number of internal and external angles and the degree of the angles, the number of landings and time to edge using skilled craftsmen. A time allowance must be factored into the pricing.

A standard per lineal metre price applies if it is a straight edge to bind.