Category Archives: staircase

Silver Leopard Staircase

We recently installed Stanton‘s Felix on a set of floating (or wrap around) stairs. Felix is a wool and nylon loop. Animal print is a very neutral style. It’s true! Take a look at this pattern and see what you think. (Schroeder worked with Heather Hogan Roberts Interiors.)

 

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Stair runner: is it right for you?

Many people who have hardwood floors with staircases at some point ask, do I need a stair runner?

For some, a stair runner is a solution to a practical problem. Many customers call to say they have a child that is starting to walk and they are worried they may fall on (or even down) the stairs. Others are concerned about slipping on the wood while going down the stairs or the noise caused by shoes when going up and down stairs.  For all of these concerns, a stair runner is a great solution. Yes, a stair runner is a great way to muffle the sounds and soften wood stairs.

For others, a stair runner is a solution to an aesthetic problem. Some people, just don’t like bare stairs. A stair runners only purpose can be that it warms up the space. Plain wood stairs can be cold and stark. A stair runner can be like eye candy in a living room, a focal point in a hallway and an attention-getter in the foyer.

Stair runners can be practical, fun, whimsical, sophisticated, brazen and beautiful. Schroeder makes custom stair runners. You want wool or nylon? Pink or blue? Flowers or stripes? We have it all AND anything is possible. Take a look at some of the past stair runners we have done for our wonderful clients. Each of these were custom made for the client and installed by our professional team. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Staircase Rug from Schroeder Carpet

 

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Most of the photos above were taken by Trent Lee Photography, some with an iPhone. Schroeder is located near downtown Austin just south of Barton Springs. Call us to make an appointment. Let us help you create a fabulous looking set of stairs!!

 

 

Traditional with a splash of color (and fun)!

We just finished a great photo shoot at a wonderful client’s house. She has an eye for style, color, patterns and more.

Here’s just a quick glimpse of the best of the best. More posts to follow soon!

 

This room features Stark Carpet’s Embroidery in green.

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The bathroom feature’s Couristan’s Chesapeake in Nautical Blue.

 

 

 

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This bedroom features Stark Carpet’s Beaton in blue and white.

 

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The stair runner is a looped wool in a tiger print.

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A sisal diamond hall runner from Stark.

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Nourison: Wool stair runner on a staircase

Schroeder recently finished a photo shoot of a beautiful stair runner we installed recently. The custom made stair runner is a Nourison cut-pile wool. This dense and beautiful material is prefect for a stair runner because it will hold up to heavy traffic and clean easily. Call and make an appointment with Schroeder today so that you can find out how you can have a beautiful stair runner just like this!

 

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Schroeder is a high-end flooring store located near downtown Austin. Call to make an appointment today! 512-462-1551

 

 

Zebra Staircase: two different ways to carpet the stairs

We recently installed Masland‘s Kenya in Sterling for a client’s set of stairs. We installed both wall-to-wall carpet for a staircase and a stair runner. What’s the difference? Take a look below.

Wall-to-wall carpeting for a stair case:

As you can see in the photo below, the stairs are bare. Our installers have removed the existing carpet and have installed new pad on the tops of the stairs.

In these photos, the installers are in the process of installing the carpet wall-to-wall on the staircase. The carpet is going from wall to wall.

 

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Look how great it looks:

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Stair runner:

 

For the bottom set, the client only needed a stair runner. A stair runner allows you to still enjoy the beauty of the wood while also enjoying the comfort and safety of a stair runner. Like all stair runners, this one is custom made.

 

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Schroeder is located near downtown Austin on South Lamar Boulevard. We are open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Call and make an appointment so that we can help you find the best solution for your stairs!

Time Lapse Stair Runner: transforming a stair case

A stair runner is a wonderful way to transform a stair case.  Stair runners are a great way to soften your foot steps and loud noises caused by wood stairs. It’s also a way to transform a stark wood star case into colorful, warm space.

Recently Schroeder installed Couristan’s Knob Hill wool flat weave as a stair runner. The video below shows the final step of the installation. The first few steps of a stair runner include measuring and cutting the material into the runner, having the runner bounded or serged off site and then the final step – installation.

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Click HERE to watch the video (on YouTube)!

Time lapse by Trent Lee Photography

 

Herringbone Patterned Stair Runner Installation

We wanted to share with you this recent and beautiful installation of a stair runner. This stair runner is made of a 100% wool and is a flat weave. It has a herringbone pattern and looks wonderful on a staircase!

The customer was drawn to the neutral colors and the classic herringbone pattern. Schroeder custom made the stair runner and did the installation.

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Sneak Peek: Traditional home in Austin, Texas

We will be taking photos of this beautiful traditional home soon, but for now, enjoy this sneak peek of elegant carpet and installation!

This beautiful custom stair is a 100% wool Couristan. The traditional lattice design is perfect for a staircase.

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This custom area rug is a Couristan wool flat weave. The modern red, beige and off-white stripes in this carpet mixes perfectly with the traditional green and white bedspread and plaid couch cover. The custom red serging on the area rug is the perfect touch.

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STARK Carpet’s Beatrice in White and Blue is perfect for a child’s room or any room. This STARK carpet was made into a custom area rug that measured the whole floor of the room.

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Isn’t this stair runner stunning? This wool tiger print carpet is the PERFECT pattern for a staircase.The owner had a hallway runner custom made from the wool tiger print carpet when she lived out-of-state.  When she moved to Austin, she called Schroeder because she wanted to find the exact same carpet to make a stair runner. Schroeder was able to locate this fantastic carpet and make a custom stair runner for her.

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This cute little doggy was so cute, we had to get a photo of her!

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The blue striped wool carpet from Couristan was used in a boy’s bedroom. This carpet has colors that coordinate with yellow and red.

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This green STARK carpet looks great in a traditional home. Wait to see you the whole room!

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Schroeder is located in Austin near Barton Spring Road and Downtown. Schroeder provides carpet, hardwood floors, wallpaper, tile and custom area rugs. Give us a call today and make an appointment today!

Staircases: Creating a Stair Runner That’s For You!

If you have a wood staircase, chances are you have considered a stair runner. A runner on a wood staircase can help you avoid potential slips and falls that can occur on smooth bare wood. For families with small children, it’s an excellent way to help child-safe stairs. A runner on a wood staircase can also add warmth and character to a space. Additionally, a runner can help muffle noises that wood stairs can cause.

The look and design:
Choosing the look and design of the carpet runner you will use for your staircase is the most exciting part of this process. You need to decide how you want your stair runner to look in comparison to the rest of your house. Runners can blend in with a space or they can be a bold statement.

Below are two examples of stair runners that blend in with the overall design aesthetic of the room. Each runner has a beautiful pattern, but does not compete with the other design elements.

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Both photos are from Schroeder projects in Austin, Texas.

Sometimes it’s fun to be adventurous and step out of your comfort zone.  Below are two examples of runners that do just that. These runners in animal print and stripes are adventurous yet still offer a sophisticated look.

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(L) Schroeder project in Austin, Texas (R) Interior Design by Sage Design Studio Inc., photo by Leslie Goodwin Photography on Houzz
The feel:

Besides deciding on the look and design of the carpet, you also need to decide on the feel, or the material of the carpet. Because you are creating your own stair runner, you can choose from many types materials. Carpets range from synthetic fibers such as nylon and polypropylene to natural fibers such as wool and sisal. Of course there are many blends of natural and synthetic materials to choose from as well. Carpet made of synthetic materials like nylon and polypropylene can offer stain protection such as Stainmaster that will allow for easier cleaning and maintenance. These can be ideal if the staircase has a lot of foot traffic. A more natural fiber such as wool, can be extremely strong and durable and have a long lifetime. An alternative material commonly used is sisal, a natural grass that offers an organic look and feel but can be just as durable.

The odds and ends: to serging or binding and carpet application:

After you have chosen the carpet for your stair runner, you will need to decide what you will do with the edges of the carpet. Typically there are two options: serging and binding. Serging is taking yarn or a thick thread and wrapping the edge of the rug. Binding is taking a material (cotton, linen, leather or a mix) and sandwiching the edge. This is typically done with sisal stair runners. Our staff at Schroeder can help you decide what method is best for you based on your material, budget and lifestyle.

Sisal stair runners with binding and serging.
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(L) Sisal runner with binding: by The Anderson Studio of Architecture & Design on Houzz
(R) Sisal runner with serging: by Thom Filicia Inc. on Houzz

Finally you will need to decide how you want the carpet runner attached to your wood stairs. Different methods include glueing carpet and tacking carpet to the wood. At Schroeder, we prefer to tack the carpet to the wood as it is the least invasive. Should you decide to remove or change your carpet stair runner after tacking it to the wood, you will only need to fill in the small tack holes left in the wood. Glueing the carpet could create severe damage to the wood if you remove the carpet later. Please note that decorative stair rods are just that: decorative. They do not serve a function because the carpet will already be tacked or glued to the wood. We have an assortment of stair rods to choose from.

Creating your own stair runner is exciting and fun. The staff at Schroeder will walk you through the process from choosing the design and material to installation of the runner. Make an appointment today and see what a difference a stair runner can make!

 

Bold and colorful: New Missoni

The new Missoni sisal rugs are in and they are BOLD and COLORFUL! Missoni mixed two exciting elements: sisal and bold colors to create a wonderful accent to any room.

Sisal is natural fiber that comes from the agave plant. Many prefer sisal (and other natural fibers) because it is a sustainable and renewable resource. Natural fiber rugs such as sisal are extremely durable and can take years to show the usual wear and tear that other flooring options may show. Sisal can be installed wall-to-wall, made into an area rug or placed on the stairs. The natural fibers of sisal offer a rich organic texture that can not be replicated with synthetic materials.

As usual, Missoni chose warm color hues that can fit anyone’s palette. The warm orange, pink and red or the earthy green, purple and blue can bring character, warmth or style to any room. These colorful colors can be used as a fun accent on a staircase, a bold or soft statement in a room or a little light to hallway. Come in today and see how Schroeder can bring Missoni’s sisal rugs into your home!

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