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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.





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

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

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