Floor coverings for stairs: what are my options?

What flooring to get for your home is a crucial decision to make. You want to ensure that it is something that will not only be durable but also that it will look great too.

There are specific points in your home whereby the safety and durability factor is more important perhaps than how it looks, and this is true when it comes to your stairs.

That said you are not going to want to have flooring that is not nice to look at or that doesn’t feel comfortable underfoot.

To help you to make this somewhat tricky choice, we have put together our guide to floor coverings for stairs, summarising your main options.

Wooden flooring

You might not think that wooden flooring would work on stairs, but it can. Either hardwood or perhaps laminate, the choice between these two is really down to your own personal choice, as well as your budget.

More often than not, laminate flooring is a cheaper option, and they can be DIY if you want them to be (of course, there are also professional companies out there who will be able to install it for you too).

The reason to pick wooden flooring is that it is low maintenance, which means that you can really easily keep your stairs looking clean, neat and tidy. Rather than having to tackle the stairs with a heavy vacuum cleaner, you can instead just grab a light mop and wipe it over.

Not only are they straightforward to clean, but wooden flooring stairs are also tough and strong too. They will be topped with a resin coat, which will protect them and limit how much wear and tear is shown, even in this high-traffic area.

Vinyl flooring

Another option to consider for your stairs is vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is non-slip, as well as being easy to clean. It is also waterproof too.

Many people who choose vinyl flooring will do so because they not only have a family to think about and consider but also perhaps have animals that move up and down the stairs too.


Of course, one of the most obvious choices for stairs flooring is carpet, and there are plenty of reasons to choose carpet over other options. It provides cushioning so that it is nice and comfortable to move down the stairs, and it also warms up this space too. No matter how cold it is outside.

Carpet can also be practical too. Whilst it might show up stains as well as spots of wear and tear, it, when treated right and kept clean, can actually be a long-lasting addition to the flooring of your house.

It really is down to you to decide which flooring option is best for you, your family and your home. Think about what you are looking for, as well as what each option will bring, and we are sure that you will find the right choice for you.