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5 Tips To Picking The Flooring For Your Stairs

Staircases are quickly becoming the centrepiece of the home, meaning every decision you make about your staircase is important.  That’s especially true for the flooring of your stairs. You’re not only choosing how the staircase looks and feels, but you’re also impacting how your home is visually presented.  Here are our top 5 tips for picking the flooring for your stairs.

Match Your Home

We can’t stress this one enough – it’s important to pick a flooring that is going to match the rest of your home.  If your staircase is at the front of your home where all of your guests can see it when they enter the front door, your staircase should be what ties the home together.  A staircase that matches the style of your home merges the top floor to the bottom floor with visual consistency.

This is often easier said than done.  If you have carpeting upstairs and hardwood floors downstairs, what do you do?  You can’t mix and match materials so you’ll have to decide on one or the other. Most people choose carpet in this specific situation as it adds comfort to the stairs while also being consistent with the style. Having the carpet match on the staircase and the upstairs is also connects the two spaces by bringing a little bit of the upstairs to the ground floor.

Price Isn’t Everything

Everyone has a budget, but when it comes to choosing the flooring for your staircase, there are potentially more important things to consider.  If getting the right material for your home and your needs is slightly above budget, we suggest adjusting that budget so you can get exactly what your home deserves.

Replacing the flooring of your staircase is no small investment, which is why we think it’s okay to spend a little more if it means getting exactly what you want.  You shouldn’t have to settle – settling for price over a quality is a sure way to quickly dislike your new staircase. Cheaper materials may also mean lower quality, so do thorough research before buying.

Keep Everyone Safe

Different materials have different strengths and weaknesses, especially when it comes to safety.  If you have elderly parents or young children in your home, you know how important safety is. Safety can make a big impact on your flooring choice for your stairs.  Carpet is going to be the safest material for you and your family, with minimal risk of slipping or falling. Hardwood can become slippery, and if you have taller than average stairs, that can cause even bigger issues.  Assess what kind of safety you need for your staircase to see what the best option may be.


There are virtually endless options when it comes to flooring for your staircase. From carpet to marble and everything in between, the possibilities are endless. That means this is the perfect time to customise your options to get what you want – don’t be afraid to go bold. Your staircase is an important part of your home, so it should reflect not only the style of your home, but your unique personality.

Consider Your Stairs

Finally, the shape and style of your staircase can change what flooring you choose. If you have a unique winding floating staircase, you may not want to choose carpeting as your flooring choice.  This tip is similar to our tip about considering your entire home – consistency in style and colour is essential.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this quick guide on picking the flooring for your stairs.  We look forward to helping you with your next project soon.