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Old 09-10-2011, 03:45 PM   #1
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Carpet upstairs with hardwood stairs ... what to do with top stair?

Hi everybody. So we're about to put in new carpet in the upstairs of our house. Currently the stairs themselves are carpeted, but we'd really like to instead put in hardwood treads because the level below has hardwood. My big question is what to do with the top stair (although i guess technically its not a stair, its just the next level of the house, so more like the "top step"). So basically, where should the carpet stop and the hardwood start?

The two options in my mind are 1) to have the upstairs hallway totally carpeted with carpet going around the lip of the top stair, or 2) to have a hardwood tread on the top step with carpet around it. Is either the "proper" method, or is it just a personal preference thing? If its just personal preference, which is more commonly preferred? Is there a 3rd method I'm not thinking about?

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To avoid a trip hazard option 1, carpet over the nosing is the proper way to do it.


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I agree with woodman58 that is the proper way to do it. Not only does it function correctly,but it is visually correct as well. Rule of thumb is that you should not see two different kinds of flooring from the same room, e.g.. on a doorway where one room has carpet and the other tile.
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Put a landing tread on the top landing and butt the carpet to the back side of it. Here is a link to what a landing tread is.
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