What are stair rods? Have you ever heard of them? Have you ever installed them in your home? Here are all the FAQ’s to make your stairs even cuter.
This is the staircase in the center of our home.
It is 110 years old.
I can only hope that I look this beautiful when I blow out 11o candles on my cake.
Can you imagine all the things this staircase has seen?
It’s been around almost as long as Wilbur and Orville Wright. It’s seen airplanes and cars and electric cars and cars that fly and computers and the internet and the Sears and Robuck catalog and phones with cords and phones that you hold and phones that are smarter than all of us.
And through it all, it’s kept its composure.
It’s amazing moldings and curved stairs and detailed lines and 1908 haircut.
And to celebrate its 110th birthday, we gave it a present that made it even more beautiful.
What are stair rods?
I am so happy you asked.
They are these amazing decorative rods that used to be used to hold your runner in place.
You can see them here going up the stairs.
My mother had them when I was little on these exact stairs.
They used to lay carpet on the stairs and kind of tack it in place.
And then, to make sure the runner stayed exactly where it was supposed to, they would install these stair rods.
Carpet installation has come a long way in the last 100 years.
You don’t actually need the stair rods to hold the carpet in place.
But they seriously make the staircase SO MUCH fancier.
Where can you get stair rods?
Here’s the link to the stair rods that I got. I ordered these for the farmhouse, too.
With the farmhouse, I installed an indoor/outdoor runner as a runner on the stairs. We just stapled it down and then added the stair rods to hold it in place.
You can see that project here.
I thought about doing that with this staircase, too.
But it was a lot more challenging.
It turns at the bottom and then turns at the landing at the top of the stairs and then makes one final turn going upstairs.
That is a LOT of turns.
So we had a local company install the runner.
The BEST thing we did when we installed the runner was to add a carpet pad.
I wasn’t sure about it, but they told me it would make a big difference and they were so right.
I seriously LOVE IT.
They installed the runner, but we installed the stair rods ourselves.
How do you install stair rods?
They come in a kit with instructions.
We ordered ours online from here.
They come in different sizes and finishes (like brass, rose gold, shiny nickel, brushed nickel and bronze) with different finials.
We ordered the brass rods with simple finials (I think I got pineapple finials for the farmhouse).
The stair rods are super easy to install. The kit comes with these brackets that you install on either side of the stair runner.
Then you thread the stair rod through the brackets and attach the finial.
Just be sure and follow the instructions that come with your kit.
What size of stair rods do I need?
Most of the standard stair rods I was looking at come in two sizes 28.5 (that fits most stair runners) and 36″ if you have larger stairs.
The three stairs at the bottom of our staircase are bigger than the rest of the stairs going up the wall.
We ordered two extra stair rods in the 36″ and cut them to fit the runner at the bottom of the stairs.
I love our staircase.
It’s beautiful with its amazing moldings and curved stairs and detailed lines and 2019 stacked wedge.
It’s stood the test of time and still looks like it’s 25.
Maybe it will share its beauty tips. 🙂
PS This is the staircase I’ve waited for Santa on as long as I can remember. The best present ever? My kids standing on the same stairs on Christmas morning.
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