Pros and Cons of Carpet on Stairs

Installing carpet comes with a lot of pros and cons, but people mainly focus on how it would affect their kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways. Thought isn’t always given to whether it’s a good idea to put on your stairs.

To help you make an informed decision, here are some considerations to keep in mind when it comes to carpet on stairs.


One of the biggest reasons to get carpet on your stairs is that it simply feels good. Going up and down the stairs can be a taxing and mildly uncomfortable experience if they’re made of wood, but if your steps are soft and inviting, the opposite can be true.

Carpet isn’t necessarily going to make constant trips up and down easier, but it will make them more inviting.

Carpet also covers up noise a lot better than just about anything else. If you’re bothered by the sounds of people banging and crashing as they stomp around the house, then carpet is one of the few ways you can combat that.

A heavy stomp on wood might only be a muffled thud on carpet. While it is possible that you can get creaks with the wood beneath the carpet, it will still be a lot less than you can hear with other types of flooring.

Finally, it may be subjective, but carpet is often regarded as more visually appealing than the competition.

Carpet simply looks good to look at, especially if you want to create a warm and inviting atmosphere to your home. It looks soft, it feels soft, and it invites you to partake.


The simple fact is that carpet is harder to clean than other types of flooring. With hard floors, you can sweep and solve all of your problems with relative easy. With carpet, you need to vacuum at the very least.

If there are stains or liquids that were allowed to seep into the carpet, then you may need to hire a specialist service to come out and steam clean your carpet.

To contrast, wood floors can be cleaned in all but the most drastic of cases with cleaning goods you probably already have around your house.

Carpet stairs can also be more dangerous than other floors in certain circumstances. They aren’t as hard, which one would normally think is purely an advantage in terms of safety, but that can actually pose some serious concerns.

It’s harder for your foot to get a grip on carpet, which makes it easier to fall backwards. The rounded edges of carpet stairs also makes it easier for your foot to slip off the edge.

The Bottom Line

Carpet is a great choice if you want to pick a carpet that feels good on your feet and creates a warm, soft atmosphere for your home.

It’s also great when it comes to cutting down on noise and covering up the sounds of stomping.

However, carpet can also be pretty hard to clean. On top of that, it can pose safety concerns that are amplified by the fact that carpet seems pretty safe on the surface.