Why, you should instal stair runners.

Clack, clack, clack, clack, clack, clack — clomp, clomp, clomp, clomp, clomp, clomp! That should sound familiar if you have wood stairs and a couple of children. It is the sound of a younger child racing down the stairs, hotly pursued by an older sibling. That’s just to the middle landing. Then you hear bump, bump, aaaugh, bump, bump, kerthud — as they slip and take a tumble down that last set of stairs.

Bare wood stairs are beautiful, but they are very noisy. And if they are the highly polished type of wood, it is very easy to slip on them. I won’t describe to you the sound I made when I fell on my own bare wood stairs, because amid the slipping, bumping and crashing there was some colorful language.

Stair runners are a great solution to provide peace and quiet and added safety to your stairs. They can be understated or a real design element in their own right. Many of my clients have questions about stair runners, such as: how wide should they be, what to do at the landing, and where should the runner end? Take a look at these great examples of stair runners for all types of situations.

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