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Where Can Metal Carpet Stair Nosing Be Installed?

Bendy Bullnose Brass Stair Nosing

Carpets in busy stairwells are often worn thin by foot traffic, leaving an unsavoury look and requiring costly replacements. A great option to prevent this is metal carpet stair nosing, which can be fitted to your stairwell over the carpet, preventing much of the damage that would otherwise have occurred. 

Stair nosings can also be used to bring a classical style to stairs within any location, coming in a range of attractive finishes. In this guide from Stair Rods Direct, we’ll look through your options for metal carpet stair nosing, its applications, and how to fit it to stairs.

What Are The Benefits of Stair Nosing?

Bendy Bullnose Chrome Stair Nosing

Stair step nosing acts as a safety feature within stairwells, adding stability to edge of the steps, and also functioning as a solid anti-slip device. It can also offer a great style, blending with classical decor and bringing sophistication to your building. When covering carpet or carpet tiles with stair nosing, there are added benefits of protecting your carpet and ensuring it remains in great condition for longer.

What Are My Options for Metal Carpet Stair Nosing?

Black Stair Nosing on Carpet

Commercial styles of metal carpet stair nosing are available, for use within busy communal environments like schools, offices, and public buildings. These anti-slip stair nosings are often made from aluminium, and fitted with rubber treads on the leading edge to improve grip and avoid issues like slipping from occurring. The main downside of these commercial aluminium stair edging models is their unattractive appearance, making them unsuitable for higher-end commercial establishments and residential properties.

More aesthetic metal carpet step nosing is available, which can bring strength and style to both upmarket commercial buildings like hotels and theatres, and also to peoples’ homes. This tends to feature a solid metal bar across the stair edge, without the rubber treading provided by commercial options.

Will Metal Stair Nosing Fit My Carpet?

You will have to make sure when purchasing stair nosings that they are compatible with carpets. Some common brands of metal stair nosing will not properly fit onto your carpet, designed to be installed over wooden stairs. Most compatible stair nosings will be indicated as such within their product descriptions.

What Styles of Metal Stair Nosing Are Available?

Brass Stair nosing

There are a few options available. As discussed above, the most common option in terms of metal stair nosing that can be installed onto carpet is commercial models made from metals like aluminium. These models will be a long metal strip, usually with a longer facing on the tread of the stair. This tread will be covered in rubber or another material designed to offer friction, even when wet. If looking to offer protection within a busy space, products like anti-slip aluminium stair nosing will be the clear choice.

More traditional stair nosings can sometimes be installed over carpet. These models will not have as large of a face on the tread, and are designed for both the preservation of the carpet and as part of the room’s decor. Metals that can be used include brass, pewter, and chrome. If looking to protect carpeted stairs within your home these stair nosings would be the best option.

There are other options like LVT Brass Bull Finishes, which can be installed at the border between carpeted stairs and the solid floor coverings of a landing. These stair nosings come in a range of sizes and colours, including bronze, brass, chrome, pewter, and nickel. For a stylish transition between carpeted stairs and wooden or LVT covered landing, these will be a fantastic choice.

How to Fit Metal Stair Nosings For Carpet

Brass Stair Nosing on Carpet

For traditional metal carpet stair nosing, your first step should be to carefully measure each stair. Particularly in older buildings, where they may be uneven. While stair nosings can sometimes be attached with adhesives, to install them onto carpet will require drilling holes within your carpet and stair. You should hold the nosing base in place over your stair, first pre-drilling each hole, then affixing them with screws. Some older styles will require nailing, in which case you can simply hold the nosing in place and nail in each hole. For this method you should start at the centre and far edges, to ensure it is properly fitted. Depending on the nosing profile there may be a second piece that will snap onto the attached portion, giving a smooth look.

Our Stair Nosing Guides

We have a wide variety of guide content available through our website, covering both technical advice and stylistic inspiration. We have an in-depth guide to installing stair nosing, and a guide to stair nosing adhesives. For other matters related to stairs, we have a guide to fitting stair runners, wallpapering over stairs, and a look at the style of Victorian staircases, including carpeting tips.


Our Range of Metal Carpet Stair Nosing

We sell a wide range of stair nosings through our website, including a selection of metal options. We stock premium options like the Bendy Bullnose Stair Nosing, for use on curved stairs. As mentioned earlier, we stock LVT Brass Bull Finishes, making a beautiful metal transition between your carpeted stairs and your landing. Our quality products are simple to install, manufactured in the UK, and can be delivered for free on orders over £75.

Browse our attractive range of stair nosings today.