How to Measure Carpet For Stairs in Four Easy Steps

Barn-style room with open staircase, sliding barn doors and brown carpet
Carpetright's Hoxton Carpet in Spice costs £42.99m2. (Image credit: Carpetright)

Knowing how to measure carpet for stairs is key to buying exactly how much you need. Measure up wrongly and you could be left with enough carpet to do the stairs three times over. 

Or worse, you underestimate how much carpet you need and are left three steps short. This could have a double whammy when you head back to the store — sold out, or the colour match is not quite the same.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.