Sprucing up your Home on a Budget

You’re flying the nest and taking your first steps of independence with your first home. Whether you’re buying or renting, the excitement will be the same – this is your chance to put your own stamp on the four walls you’ll call your own.

Inevitably you’ll be weighing up your budget for each room and carpets and flooring can eat into that. However, you’ll want to make a great first impression on any visitors you’ll receive and your stairs and hallway are a huge part of that. Many young people wrongly believe this part of the home will cost the earth when it comes to floor coverings. In fact, carpet runners can make a low-cost alternative to a full carpet while giving the impression you’d forked out much more than you have.

Easy to fit

Stair runners can make a stylish addition to any home, providing an interesting focal point. To prepare, ensure the steps are cleaned and sanded down before being painted in whatever colour you choose to tie in with the runner you’ve ordered. With the runner fitted to the centre, the edges of each stair will be exposed, creating an interesting feature. A nail gun simply fixes the runner into place and you can even accessorise with stair rods in a variety of metals and designs.

You can find all the advice you need to fitting stair runners in our handy guide by clicking here.


Carpet runners don’t cost as much as you may believe. On average, a staircase carpet runner costs about £80, or £150 if you choose to add metal stair rods, making them a great option for when you’re counting the pennies. Yet a well-chosen runner can look much more expensive than it actually is. About 70 per cent of the runners stocked by runrug.com are low cost, but not low quality. We have more than 400 designs at any one time, so there’s bound to be something to suit your taste.


If you’re in rented accommodation, you may be wary of spending money on a home that isn’t yours. The chances are you could be on the move sooner than you would be if you owned the property – so why spend money now? The answer is that a carpet runner can actually move with you. Because it’s not fitted to a specific room shape, it can be easily lifted and re-laid wherever you choose to settle next. That’s the same if you want to move it to another room too.


Many of our carpet runners are made from polypropylene, making them easy to clean and hard-wearing. Your stairs and hallway naturally get a lot of use and a carpet can soon look tired and worn. With their tough and durable qualities, runners will withstand heavy traffic so that they stay looking newer for longer.

runrug.com has an extensive range of runners in all colours and designs and a range of sizes, as well as accessories to really set off your staircase and hallway. We cut to any length and can offer runners to suit any budget. Get in touch to see how we can help.

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