What is the best carpet for stairs? Step up in style

beige stair carpet with cat at top
(Image credit: Tapi Carpets and Floors Ltd)

Just what is the best carpet for stairs? As a high traffic area of the home, as well as being one that is potentially hazardous, the types of carpet you consider to cover your staircase need to be chosen with great care. 

Not all carpets are created equal and not all are suitable for use on staircases. Of course, there is also no reason why you have to select carpet as your chosen stair covering — it may well be that you decide upon an alternative type of flooring.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.