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The Best Runner Rugs for Your Staircase

Lining your highly-trafficked staircase with the right runner will add style to your space, protect the integrity of the wood below, and make your stairs less slippery.
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When it comes to covering the staircases in your home, you have quite a few options. Some homeowners choose to take the custom route so they can select bespoke patterns in sturdy materials, and get a runner that fits their space perfectly. However, this approach is typically more expensive—and there is another path forward (or should we say upward?), so long as you are open to tackling the task yourself. To add a pop of color or punchy pattern to the stairs in your house, simply purchase a runner rug and wrangle the install. (We explain exactly how to measure your staircase and secure the runner to your flooring in this comprehensive guide.)

Top Picks

To help you take the first step (pun intended!), we went ahead and curated several iterations that can handle the intense foot traffic your stairs see every day. Explore our favorite runner rugs for your staircase below.

Bayshore Home Pashio Runner Area Rug
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Bayshore Home "Pashio" Pas6 Runner Area Rug

$119, Macy's

Searching for a stair runner rug for your beach home? Consider this aquamarine number, which speaks to the color of the waves. Best of all, it's stain and fade resistant, which means it won't discolor if it receives some summer sun.

iCustomRug Zara Synthetic Sisal Collection Rug and Runners
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iCustomRug Zara Synthetic Sisal Border Runner

$160, Amazon

Synthetic sisal delivers the longevity you need in a staircase runner rug—which is why we're partial to this piece, which looks similar to jute options.

Fibreworks Custom Sisal Rug
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Pottery Barn Fibreworks Custom Sisal Rug

$140.80, Pottery Barn

If you'd prefer the real thing, this pure sisal piece is composed of durable fibers which were designed to go the distance. This stairway runner is, barring a fully bespoke order, as customizable as it gets. You can choose from a myriad of length and width options for a good fit.

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Dash and Albert Gradation Ticking Woven Cotton Rug

$178, Dash and Albert

This company is known for its staircase runners, which come in a myriad of prints and hues. If you're looking for a neutral option with a twist, consider this striped, tonal beauty; the handmade piece was composed from 100-percent cotton and woven to last.

Padded Wool Carpet Stair Treads
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Oak Valley Designs Co. Padded Wool Carpet Stair Treads in Mineral Gray

from $65, Etsy

If the measurement and install process feels like too big of a lift, consider a straightforward alternative to staircase runner rugs: stair treads. These peel-and-stick wool pieces come in several dimensions to account for different stair sizes and can be secured to your flooring within minutes.

serena and lily Turnstone Rug runner rug
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Serena and Lily Turnstone Rug in Earth

$219.99, Serena and Lily

Complete with a wave-inspired border and heathered yarn for tonal intrigue, this neutral, but elevated piece works across a myriad of décor styles, from coastal and rustic to traditional.

safavieh Border Runner Rug
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Safavieh Chelsea Ivory/Blue Border Runner Rug

$210, Home Depot

If you're more of a mid-century enthusiast, you will appreciate this runner rug's retro-inspired print. The playful pattern's golden suns will make you smile every time you head upstairs.

neutral runner rug
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All Modern "Austen" Beige Tufted Wool Runner Rug

$310, All Modern

Here's another neutral piece that should suit several design sensibilities; the touch of black, however, packs a modern punch.

Erin Gates by Momeni Marlborough Charles Hand Woven Wool Area Rug
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Erin Gates by Momeni Marlborough "Charles" Hand Woven Wool Runner in Light Blue

$77.99, Overstock

For those who dream of crafting a home that would fit in on the European countryside, this gingham-forward piece might be what your staircase is missing. The French blue hue is particularly inviting.