Leather Stair Edging
Photography: Jos e ph de L eo
Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2010
Strips of leather protect a runner and look good too.
Nonskid metal ruler
Leather (preferably a piece that's fairly stiff and substantial) from Mood Designer Fabrics, 212-730-5003 or leatherimpact.com
Wooden or rubber mallet
Upholstery tacks or decorative nail heads (we used High Dome upholstery nails in Black Pearl, $23.66 for 1,000, diyupholsterysupply.com)
Cut leather strips 3 3/4 inches wide and 8 to 12 inches narrower than your runner.
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.)
Wrap leather around bottom of stair lip. Fasten as above.