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Stair runner - design advice please

K Lewis
2 months ago

Hello, we have a simple staircase that is currently hardwood. Because our parents occasionally visit and stay upstairs, we have considered installing a bordered natural colored sisal/wool style stair runner with ~3" wood exposed on each side. Our home could be described as modern mid century leaning towards transitional. My question: When I look at other Houzz photos, I've seen some installs where they route and secure the runner under the lip of the stair and others where they transition straight down to the seam. ie, not attached to the lip other than tape (I assume). What are the design considerations when evaluating both?

Thank you in advance.

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