Connecting Your Upstairs and Downstairs Flooring with the Right Stair Treatment

If your home has multiple levels, you may be wondering what sort of treatment is the best choice for the stairs between these levels. Since your stairs impact how your home flows from one space to the next, you will want to weigh your options to find what best suits your home and your personal style.


Bare Stairs

Whether you have wood floors both upstairs and downstairs, carpeting upstairs and downstairs, or carpeting on a single level, hardwood flooring will look great and require less upkeep than carpet. If you have already have hardwoods on a single level or both levels, be sure your stairs have a matching finish. If you have carpeting on both levels you can choose almost any finish you like for your stairs since they do not have to match any other woods. If your stairs are already covered and you’re thinking you’d like to make them bare, be sure to check their condition before making your final decision.


Carpeted Stairs

If one or both levels of your home are carpeted, a carpeted stairway will provide a visual link between floors. If you have hardwood flooring upstairs and downstairs, fully carpeted stairs can look a bit out of place—like they were forgotten during a hardwood floor project. To prevent this look, choose a bold color or pattern rather than a neutral.



To add softness and safety while reducing wear on your stairs, stair runners are a great option. A runner leaves the hard flooring at the edges of your stairs exposed, which can create a visual connection between hardwoods on either or both levels. Stair runners can be understated and classic or eye-catching with contrasting trim. For visual safety reasons, you probably want to not choose a busy pattern that makes depth perception difficult. As a general rule of thumb, 4 inches of bare wood on either side of your stair runner will offer an aesthetically pleasing look while still providing a comfortable walking path. To create an overall cohesive look, choose stair runners that coordinate with any nearby area rugs.



The transitional space of your landing can also be left bare, carpeted, covered in a runner, or you can add a coordinating area rug (with a non-slip pad). If you are adding a runner or area rug to your landing, maintain the same distance from the wall as your stair runners.


Shop Flack’s for All of Your Flooring Needs

Whatever type of floor treatment you choose for your stairs or the rest of your home, come to Flack’s to shop our huge selection of hardwoods, carpets, area rugs, and carpet runners or contact us online about your project today! Our team will help you make the right decision for your home, style, and budget.