4 months ago
Our Sisal Stair Runner
I love the look of a stair runner, and how it adds warmth to an otherwise plain (and slippery) staircase. As much as I love design, this choice was actually one that came down to function. When Margot was a baby, I slipped going up the stairs while holding her. She was fine but I immediately got a quote for a stair runner. The $3000 price tag felt like too much so I held off knowing we’d need to revisit once she started walking. Months later, Buddy fell down the entire flight of stairs, so I ordered some samples and figured out what I wanted almost immediately.
Our stairs actually looked like this for a very long time. They felt fine day-to-day but looking at these photos, seem so sad and empty. My friend Lauren Buxbaum’s townhouse staircase (which is a little more grand than ours) has always been a favorite, and I knew I wanted something similar in style. I know the look is wildly different, but I love the classic sisal with a black band.
I ordered sisal swatches and the new quote was 50% less than the first – and installation took place less than two weeks later! It’s a softer sisal and very padded, so it’s quite comfortable and grippy. It’s also timeless and traditional, so there’s no risk (at least not for me) in tiring of the design. I went with Paradise in Cobble from DMI and chose 2” black cotton banding. Sisal is not as soft as wool, but it is soft enough and gave us the traction I was hoping for. The installer added padding so it’s pretty cushy. I wanted to go a shade or two lighter but was too worried about stains. This has held up really well.