Tools for the task
Before you get to work, make sure you have everything you need to complete the project. You will need the padding that goes under the carpeting, a knee kicker, rubber mallet, electric stapler, and a carpet knife. Purchase a framing square and tape measure, as well as tackless strips, carpet glue to bind edges, and carpet tacks. You may or may not desire decorative stair rods; if you do, purchase those as well. You may need an awl or carpet tool for the French cap installation method, and you will need to bind the carpet with a binding machine before you begin.
The most commonly used installation for stairs is called the waterfall method, or single-piece style of installation. This method is a bit less complicated than the French cap method, and works well with smaller patterned carpeting textures. This type of installation also adds a bit more of a modern look to your home.
You begin installation at the bottom of the stairs, installing the carpet padding where you desire. You will use staples to secure the padding to your stairs. Make sure and tuck the pad securely under each stair and staple so there aren't any bumps.
To install the carpet itself, start by binding the edges so it looks clean and professional. Begin installing the carpet from the bottom and go up. Use tack strips to help secure the carpet to the stairs against the riser. After you place the carpet on each step, attach it with staples. Then, secure the carpet to the next tread without tacking it to the riser. Since you are skipping a step, it should take less time than the longer French cap method does. Staple the carpet under the tread, one stair at a time, until you are done. Make sure the teeth of the tack strips catch the carpet for a more secure installation.
The French cap method is a bit trickier than the waterfall method, so you should take your time and try not to rush through it. This method offers a more traditional and timeless look than the more modern waterfall installation method. The main difference between the two installation methods is that when you use the waterfall method, you staple the carpet onto the stairs in one long piece. When you use the French cap method, also called cap and band, you cut pieces to fit each step perfectly.
This method is better for carpeting with large patterns, as it provides neater results and you can line up the patterns on each step exactly as you desire. To use this method, measure the width of the stairs and the risers. Use tacking strips to secure the pieces to the stairs, and install the carpet pieces from the bottom up. Use an awl to attach the carpet to the tacking strip and fold the excess to meet the riser piece. A knee kicker is needed to stretch the carpet into place for a perfect look. Tuck in any extra carpeting and secure it as you go.
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