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Leather Stair Edging

Created By: Joseph De Leo


Strips of leather protect a runner and look good too.





  • Craft knife
  • Nonskid metal ruler
  • Leather (preferably a piece that's fairly stiff and substantial) from Mood Designer Fabrics, 212-730-5003 or
  • Wooden or rubber mallet
  • Upholstery tacks or decorative nail heads (we used High Dome upholstery nails in Black Pearl, $23.66 for 1,000,


  1. Step 1

    Cut leather strips 3 3/4 inches wide and 8 to 12 inches narrower than your runner.

  2. Step 2

    Center leather on step edge. Using mallet, fasten leather to top of step using tacks spaced about 2 inches apart. (Work from middle out, and keep leather taut.)

  3. Step 3

    Wrap leather around bottom of stair lip. Fasten as above.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2010

Reviews (3)

  • pansy25 25 Feb, 2011

    you can get clear plastic ones that look better, are more durable and much cheaper than leather

  • Conilog 25 Feb, 2011

    I agree...certainly not good looking at all.

  • rileys_mommy 25 Feb, 2011

    These look hideous. I would never install these on my stairs.