How to Install Carpet Padding on Stairs

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It's easy to install carpet padding to stairs. A few simple tools, carpet padding adhesive, patience and accuracy make this do-it-yourself project successful.

Things You'll Need

  • Carpet shears or sharp utility knife Carpet pad adhesive Measuring tape
  • Measure the steps by width, length and the number of steps to be padded. Remember that the carpet will be laid over the pad; carpet layers place tack strip on the stairs to hold the carpet in place. The pad must not cover the tack strip, so measurements must take this into account.

  • Cut the padding to size using carpet shears; a sharp utility knife can also be used. There are different types and qualities of carpet padding but all are easy to work with and cut.

  • Sweep and vacuum the stairs. Dust or other debris interferes with the glue's effectiveness, making it difficult to achieve a successful bond.

  • Spread the pad glue only on the areas that will come into contact with the pad. This glue is messy and permanent---you must be careful not to apply too much and avoid leaking. The bond formed by this glue lasts for years.

  • Let the glue dry and set for at least 48 hours before carpet installation to avoid slippage or puckering of the pad.

Tips & Warnings

  • All tools and supplies can be purchased at carpet warehouses and home improvement stores, such as Home Depot.

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