Staircase Update No. 374: Runner Me This

That number is completely made up.  But let’s jump right in!  Looky what I’m considering:

I know when I updated you last week, I mentioned using color for my stairs.  Lots of it.  And I think that sounds awesome.  But when I spotted these black and white curtain panels at Ikea last week, I fell in love with the pattern.  I can’t explain it, but I had to take them home to try them out.  In all honesty, it was probably the fact that for $12.99, I can cover more than half of my stairs with one panel, bringing the total cost of my stair runner to under thirty bucks.

I used some Frogtape to more closely hug the stairs and give myself a better visual idea of what it might look like when I’m finished.

And even if I add rubber kitchen lining underneath as additional slip guard (and a little bit of cushion), I’m still pretty sure the grand total would be somewhere around thirty bucks.  Maybe $35 if I buy the lining at Walmart instead of the dollar store.

Other factors I’m considering adding for durability: taping the ends with something that would look leathery and keep the woven pattern from unraveling (I noticed the display had a little of this going on in the store, so I would definitely want to keep that from happening with the dog walking around on top), and painting some kind of coating (maybe poly?) on top to protect the fibers from staining/fraying, similar to the technique people use to paint sisal rugs.

Point is, I think it’s worth a shot.  If it fails, I won’t have spent that much money on the experiment, and I haven’t found a pattern that I’ve been nearly as happy with yet.  I could even paint a colorful pattern on top to add a bit more personality to the stairs (for example, painting this ikat pattern has my heart all a-flutter at its unique pattern without being too over-the-top trendy).  Maybe a darker blue instead of gray, and gray instead of yellow?

Also in consideration: a painted drop cloth turned stair runner.  I know I’ve seen this on another blog somewhere, I just can’t seem to find it today.  But a simple stripe pattern like this would do very nicely (using maybe blue instead of the orange-y stripe).

So, what do you think?  Which would you choose?

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  1. says

    I like this one. Like the colours and patterns (better then the beige one). Whether the material will hold up … Seems like a small cost to try. I also love the last option.

  2. Emily says

    Black and white? But your dog is brown. And dirt is brown. Argh! It’s pretty, but I disagree that it’s a good idea.

  3. says

    I like the look but too much grey going on. I like the last pic–that could be fun–or not…have to see it waving up and down the stairs. May be a little much on the eyes. I know money is a concern but sometimes you just have to “rub a little money on it”. Get one that is durable and what you LOVE!

  4. Rachel says

    I think I’d have liked to see something a little warmer, to pick up the subtle warmth in the creamy walls. I think the white/black/gray is a little too dull. I’m loving that last one with the stripes – but leave it orange!

    When it comes down to it though, it’s YOUR house – do what you want :) We can’t see your “vision”!

  5. says

    I like the painted drop cloth idea, I think that would be more durable than curtain fabric. With black and white stairs, a fun pop color like teal, yellow, or navy with thin brightly colored stripes would be fab. (The last one would probably be ideal for hiding paw-prints and shedding fur.) I know a bright color probably wouldn’t have played too well with your old paint color, but it could go really well with your new greige paint!

  6. says

    I like them both, but I LOVE the one with the orange stripe. But…I’m nuts about orange. You just go with the one that makes you happy.

  7. Jess says

    I forgot to mention – Dash & Albert also snaps a pic of each of their rugs….with a dog on it! hahah

    http://www.dashandalbert.com/product/view/granada-stripe-cotton-woven-rug–RDA283 -> cause it’s just awesome

    http://www.dashandalbert.com/product/view/mums-stripe-woven-cotton-rug–RDA225 -> ditto

    http://www.dashandalbert.com/product/view/trimaran-stripe-charcoal-ivory-indoor-outdoor–RDB187 -> goes with B&W theme


    Anyway, they’re all of course way more expensive than Ikea, but pretty darn awesome.
    http://www.dashandalbert.com/product/view/diamond-black-ivory-indoor-outdoor–RDB170 -> feel like this would be very paw-resistant

  8. says

    i actually really like the grey. it goes well with the grey/beige walls.

    depending on how crafty/sew-y you are/feel, you could sew a black bias tape onto the edges. blanket binding is the wider stuff, and would do well on a stairwell.

    also, putting a no-slip pad under is a good idea.
    you’ll also need to staple the fabric to the steps (i’m sure you know that).
    doing so in the grey of the field will help hide the staples.

    an idea about where the panels overlap :: position the seam either under the stair nose or overlap the last tread on top of the start of the new panel, so you can staple into the “crack” and secure both at once. secure and also attractive.

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