Measuring Stair Rods
Installing Stair Rods
Winder solutions with Stair Rods
Curving Stair Rods
Stair Rods FAQ's

Measuring Stair Rods for runner carpet

Our Jubilee and Stargrip rods are supplied at stock lengths

The Homepride and Easyrods can be supplied in stock lengths or made to measure

The Blacksmith range are supplied in increments of 2" (5cm) starting at 24" (61cm)

Our recommendations for made to measure stair rods, including finials:

Premier 1/2" (12.5mm), Crystal, Vision, Country, Homepride, Easyrods along with Tudor, Blacksmith Flat and Ball should be 4"/10cm over the width of the carpet runner (2"/5cm each side)

Premier 5/8" (16mm), Country and Eastern Promise Dune should be 5"/12.5cm over the width of the carpet runner (2.5"/6.25cm each side)

Premier 3/4" (19mm), Royale, Eastern Promise Dubai & Cairo & Blacksmith Spear should be 6"/15cm over the width of the carpet runner (3"/7.5cm each side)

We normally suggest fitting a stair rod on the bottom step to balance the look of the stair case. 

Installing Stair Rods

The bracket should sit on the stair case itself, directly alongside the carpet. Make bradawl guide holes for the screws and then screw the bottom half of the bracket to the stair. Do the same on the other side and then lay the stair rod in the brackets and screw the top half of the bracket to the bottom, ensuring the rod is protruding an equal amount on each end. 

On no account should the top and bottom of each hinged bracket be mixed as they are a set, they cannot be interchanged with the other brackets, so we recommend not mixing the bracket components when preparing them for fitting. Note:Stair rods are for decorative use only, the carpet must be secured by another means.

Winder solutions with Stair Rods

Fitting stair rods onto turning stairs (winders) is very easy to do. We can supply our Universal Bracket for most of our ranges - this is an extremely simple bracket that is fitted with only one screw.

This bracket can also be used to fit stair rods on Fully Fitted (full width) carpets.

Fitting the carpet with Easybind means the fitter can measure, cut and fit winders on site, without having to take the carpet away to be bound.

Universal Bracket used to fit stair rods on winding staircases.

Another elegant solution to fitting stair rods on winder carpets - notch the carpet to provide space for fixing bracket. Image courtesy of Borderline Carpet Planning Services, London


Another way of fitting winders is simply move the bracket further along the riser till the base can fit without needing to alter the carpet. Please note you must make this rod slightly longer this side to keep the uniformed overhang on every step. Carpet featured is Masai Emerald by Roger Oates.

Curving Stair Rods

The following ranges can be bent, to suit curved stairs:

Premier (excluding Hanover), Country (PLAIN rods only), Eastern Promise (PLAIN rods only), Vision, Crystal and Blacksmith.

We have a PDF guide for making templates.


Stair Rods FAQ's

Will our stair rods need polishing?
Our brass stair rods have a clear lacquer that prevents them from tarnishing. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth. DO NOT use metal cleaning products as this will damage the lacquer, causing tarnishing and damage to any finish you may have chosen.

Can stair rods be altered once ordered?
No. It is vital to carefully measure the rods before ordering to ensure the lengths are correct as they cannot be altered once they have been made.

Can the rods be used as the sole means of securing the carpet?
No, we strongly recommend that the carpet is installed by other means. Fitting the carpet correctly increases its lifespan and improves the safety of the stair case.

The information given is based on present level of our knowledge and experience.

The data given is not intended as a confirmation of product properties and does not constitute a legal contractual relationship, nor should it be used as the basis for ordering products.