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How To Measure Stair Rods

Our carpet rods are made to measure to ensure that you get the perfect fit. The length of your rod will depend on the choice of runner or fitted carpet you have chosen and the type of bracket fixing (runner, front or side) you would prefer.

Please specify the length of the stair rod you require from tip to tip, including the finial.

Not all of your stairs will be the same width. Even on straight stairs, a newel post or other obstruction can affect the space available between the edge of your runner and the skirting board or spindles, so feel free to order shorter rod for one or more of your stairs. In fact, if necessary we will cut everyone to the required length you need.

This will definitely need to happen if you have winding stairs, or a half landing, rather than straight stairs.

The length of rod is based off either your runner width or the width of the entire stair if you have fitted carpet and our rods come in 3 different diameters so the table below offers a guide to calculating the correct length to order. Remember if in doubt please do call us, we would rather have three calls to get them right than have the awkward conversation that says we cannot accept returns because you might have measured incorrectly.

Measurements for Rods with Runners

Rod Diameter Order width of runner plus
10mm (⅜") 75mm (3") to allow 37.5mm (1 ½") each side
12.5 mm (½") 100mm (4") to allow 50mm (2") each side
16 mm (⅝") 125mm (5") to allow 62.5mm (2 ½") each side
19 mm (¾") 150mm (6") to allow 75mm (3") each side

Measurements for Rods with Fitted Carpets

Rod Diameter Front-Fix Brackets
Order width of Stair* less
Side-Fix Brackets
Order width of Stair* less
For all rod diameters 100mm (4") to allow a 50mm (2") gap from the tip of the finial to the skirting board or spindle on each side. 12.5mm (½") to allow 6.25mm (¼") each side, for easy fitting.(NB side-fix brackets do not require finials.)

* Please measure from skirting board to skirting board (or spindle).

To provide a neat and professional finish, we recommend fitting a stair rod at the very bottom of the stairs, so please don't forget to include this rod in your order.