Hello all, this is my first post here.
Hubby and I had twins in October and their nursery will be on the second floor but our stairs scare the hell out of me! They're dark (no light at the top) and narrow (well 33" but it feels claustrophobic), and really, really slippery.
We need to do something about the slipperiness. My first thought is carpet, but I'm open to suggestions. We have about $1000 for this project and want to hire a pro. We don't want to mess with stairs, plus the lack of time and sleep with twins...
We were going to go to Home Depot because we have a 10% off coupon, but after reading a couple of posts here, I'm changing my mind. From what I understand, carpeting stairs is more expensive than carpeting a room. And a strip down the middle is more expensive than wall-to-wall, but looks nicer in my opinion. The first floor is hardwood so I'm afraid wall-to-wall on the stairs would look odd.
So I guess the advice I'm looking for is:
1) Would you all recommend carpeting, or some other solution? (Is there something that wouldn't have to cover up the nice looking hardwood?)
2) If carpet, what type would be best for high traffic? It's also right across from our front door, so we'll probably track dirt and crap up there.
3) We'd like to avoid Home Depot, Empire Floors and National Floors Direct. Can anyone recommend a place in Connecticut, Hartford/Manchester area? I was thinking of Dalene Flooring.
Thanks for any suggestions!