How to Fit Stair Rods

Ever wondered how to fit stair rods? Fitting stair rods to a stair runner is simple – you can ask your carpet fitter to do it for you or DIY it yourself.  That is, if your staircase is straight up and down and there are no spiral sections or bends;  fitting stair carpet rods to these types of stairs takes a little more thought and experience is certainly helpful.

how to fit stair rods

The Premier stair rod is suitable for runners and fitted stair carpets

There are various styles of stair rod brackets for runner carpets but the best ones are hinged, which slot together and come with ranges such as the Premier stair rods, Vision and Country. They make life so much easier than the all-in-one, fixed versions.

A good quality bracket will lift the rod high enough off the step to cope with a decent thickness of pile and underlay.

Be careful, some of the cheaper ranges available come with brackets that are so thin that the thickness of the carpet and underlay bends the rod.

Remember: your carpet runner should be attached securely to the staircase by some means other than your stair rods.

When stair rods were first invented back in the 19th century they were used to hold the runner in place but, in reality, the runner would gradually slip down the staircase and rucks would appear, which were not only dangerous but meant the runner would often wear unevenly.  Today, a carpet runner is typically fitted with gripper along the edges on the tread and the stair rods are primarily decorative.

How to fit stair rods for a runner carpet

A typical example is the solid brass Premier from Stairrods (UK), which comes in two sections and hinges together.

  • Fit the runner first.
  • Start at the bottom of your staircase – it is normal to fit a rod at hall level.
  • Place the bottom part of each pair of brackets either side of the runner, adjacent to the edge and in the angle where the tread joins the riser.
  • Screw in the top screw – this will be internal and invisible once the rod is placed in the bracket.
  • Take your stair rod and place it centrally in the open brackets making sure you have the same amount of over-hang on both sides.
  • Attach the top section of the brackets and screw in the second screw, which will be visible.
Fitting stair rods to a staircase

Fitting the Premier on a carpet runner

How to fit a front fix stair rod for a fitted carpet:

If you have a fitted carpet you can choose either the front fix or the side fix style of brackets – both are robust, solid brass, fixed brackets able to cope with the thickness of a carpet and underlay.

  • Fit the stair carpet first.
  • Start at the bottom of your staircase – it is normal to fit a rod at hall level.
  • Locate the centre of the staircase and position the centre of the rod over it.
  • Carefully position the 2 brackets over the rod & equal distance (approximately 5cms) from each end of the rod and screw in through the carpet onto the step riser (back of step). In this way, each step will line up with the one before.
  • If your stair rod is triangular in profile, such as the Royale, make sure you place the finished face so that it is showing.


Stair rods for fitted carpets

These front fix brackets are suitable for a fitted stair carpet