DIY/IKEA HACK - signe rug staircase runner
Hey Guys! Today i have a very special guest DIY blog post from a very talented Evie @evie_polkadot - who absolutely floored me with her take on IKEA Signe rug ! - we all know that staircase runners can be expensive so Evie went -DIY route and the result of her work is just breath taking ! I am so thrilled that Evie agreed to re create steps on how she created her runner, so i can show you guys how easy it actually is. . Ok enough talking - over to you Evie
If you're anything like me, then you love the old charm and character a good stair runner can bring to your home - and if, like me, you live in a house that still has most of its original features, then you'll be wanting just that to finish off your entrance hall in style.
A good stair runner, in the right colour scheme can display your personality and inject some fun into your home, but boy are they expensive!!
If you're on a tight budget, like I am, then there is hope! And that hope comes in the form of the Ikea Signe rug! You'll need a fair few of these little tasseled beauties (I used 8), but at £2.25 each, you really can't go wrong!
I managed to get these all in the uniform colour I wanted, but they come in 8 different designs, so there's plenty of choice! They are also quite a decent size (55cm x 85cm), which makes them PERFECT to use as a stair runner!
So - now's the time to roll up your sleeves, put on those sexy knee pads and arm yourself with tools! What you'll need for this task is down below:
- Your Ikea Signe rugs!
- Anti-slip carpet matting (I got mine in Ikea and chopped the roll in half, lengthways)
- Heavy duty stapler (I was kindly lent a Black & Decker PowerShot)
- Heavy duty staples (I used 12mm)
Working from the top of your staircase, start by putting the edge of your rug up against the top of the riser and holding it in place. If you have a curve at the top of your staircase, like me, then start from the riser directly underneath the first STRAIGHT step and DON'T staple this one just yet! If your staircase is straight (you lucky devil!) - then go ahead and staple that bad boy straight onto the very top riser! Keeping it in place, run your hand down the rug, into the crease of the step at the end of that riser and staple the centre of the rug in place, pushing your stapler as far into the crease of the step as you can, keeping the fabric as tight as possible.
Remember to plce your non-slip matting underneath the rug, then continue to staple all the way out from the centre, to the edges of the rug. I ended up with about 7-9 staples in total.
Ignoring the top flap for now (we'll come back to that in a bit!), focus on working your way down the stairs and pull your rug tight across the step. Starting from the centre and working your way out again, staple the rug underneath the overlap of the step, which leads onto the next riser. Turn your stapler upside down to achieve this.
Repeat these two steps again until your rug ends.
You should now have the end of the first rug hanging down at the top of the riser. It's up to you if you cut off the tassels. It would be easier to work without them, but I kept mine on in case I decide to recycle the rugs in future. If you decide to do the same, you can just leave these hanging as they are.
Grab your second rug and place the end of it over the top of the end of the last one, covering up those tassels. If you're keeping the tassels on, fold them back on the top of the second rug and staple one end, over the other in the same way you did before.
Repeat these steps until you reach the bottom of your staircase.
If, like me, you've ended up with the bottom step having too much rug left, then cut the rug short, leaving enough to staple underneath the step's overlap as you did before. Cut the tasseled edge off the piece you cut away and staple this over the top to finish the bottom step with a pretty trim.
NOW... I would love to tell you the curve at the top is nice and easy - and, to be honest - if you're good at maths and angles, it probably will be for you! For me, it was a bit tricky! I made loads of mistakes and wasted too much rug to tell you how to do it well. What I will do is add a photo below of how mine looks (ignore any scruffy parts... I told you I found it tricky!!). Once you've tackled the curves and are happy with how your carpet looks, you can go ahead and staple that first flap into place to cover the end of the rug above it.
I really hope this helps you! I'm no master at these things; I get an idea and I give it a good go. If it works, then GREAT! If it doesn't, I absolutely don't throw a hissy fit and sulk for hours at my failings!!!!
If you find you have some untidy staples on show and have wonky cuttings to any of your creases (like me!), then you could always add some decorative trim to hide them, or you COULD buy some actual stair rods with the money you saved on carpet! Apparently, the originals are hidden somewhere in our house, so as soon as I find them, they'll be added!
And that's it! I wish you tons of luck with your runner and if you go ahead with this DIY, please tag us in so we can see your beautiful staircase in all its new, Ikea glory! 💋
What a fantastic transformation ! - i love low budget DIY’s and what Evie did on her staircase its mind blowing and i think it looks absolutely beautiful ! I suggest that you follow Evie on Instagram here so you can keep up with all the beautiful DIYs she does
Thank you Evie for sharing your transformation with us x
Love Pati x