Elevate Your Staircase With TikTok's Incredible IKEA Rug Hack

Your stairs are often the first thing guests see when entering your home, and giving them a makeover can instantly transform any space. If you're someone who enjoys DIY projects and you're looking for an inventive way to redo your stairs, then this creative hack is for you. To pull this off, all you need is some paint and enough IKEA runners to cover the middle of each step. Not only will you transform the look of your stairs, but you'll also add some anti-slip protection while you're at it. And the best part? You can carry out this hack without having to hire professional carpet installers, saving yourself money. 

This project makes your staircase a stylish focal point and will add a custom feel to your current space. Thanks to IKEA's wide range of rugs, you can choose a funky pattern to show off your style or go with a versatile neutral. So, measure how much surface you need to cover and head out to purchase a new runner to add to your stairs. 

Measure your stairs

First, make sure to measure your stairs in their entirety. You'll need enough carpet to cover the tops, bottoms, and backs of your stairs. You'll also want to purchase a bit extra, in case of any mistake (it happens!). As the saying goes, measure twice and cut once. Next, you'll also want to purchase your paint and supplies, along with a staple gun. You should also measure the width of your stairs, ensuring your IKEA rug runners will fit properly. 

Once you have all your materials, it's time for the fun to begin. Start by painting your stairs, since your runners won't cover all of them. TikToker @katyatthecorner opted to use black paint, making the stairs a bold focal point. Once the paint has dried (72 hours is the sweet spot for the paint to dry on wooden stairs), it's time to install your IKEA runners. 

Start at the top and work your way down, covering the center of your stairs. Using your staple gun (you can also use a nail gun), install one section at a time. You'll want to pull your runner taught as you work your way down, ensuring there are no gaps to cause tripping. Once your runner is installed, you'll have perfectly carpeted stairs you created yourself thanks to this IKEA hack!