Forum Title: Pleating Carpet
I'm having an oriental carpet runner installed on my stairs. There are several pie shaped stairs and the installer says he pleats the carpet to get around the corner......no cutting. Does anyone have experience of this or information?
Category: Carpet Post By: CRAIG MORALES (Waterbury, CT), 01/21/2019

I know I have never heard of it but I sure would be excited to learn something new..... Good luck.

- EDNA RICHARDS (Longview, TX), 03/24/2019

Pleating a stair runner, to fit properly onto pie shaped steps ? That's a new topic never discussed, to my knowledge here TFP To me, it's a magic trick that I do not understand. Please ask the installer / Magician to join TFP and post some pictures, we would really like to see his or her expertise. I removed a flight installed that way, it was a ' butterfly staircase' (pie shaped) but was unable / not willing to install the new one the same way. I got permission to cut each step as a separate piece, sorry I don't think I have any pictures. Hopefully a master installer, here TFP , will provide some helpful information and maybe a picture or two. Does your installer have a portfolio of runners to look at ? Obviously it can be done, but I'm not a fan about the bulkiness caused from the pleat / hem onto the risers and would have no idea how to start folding that mess anyway, it would drive me crazy. That's why I said it's Magic, requiring a special person to accomplish. Mike

- HOWARD GRAY (Grand Prairie, TX), 04/30/2019

Mike Sliwinski said: ? Does your installer have a portfolio of runners to look at ? Obviously it can be done, but I'm not a fan about the bulkiness caused from the pleat / hem onto the risers and would have no idea how to start folding that mess anyway, it would drive me crazy. That's why I said it's Magic, requiring a special person to accomplish. MikeClick to expand... I'm having a Karastan Cambridge runner installed which as an edge border and a complex pattern so it's not a simple job. The installer came over today to look at the stairs. He says he works a lot with oriental rugs and we initially talked about how to do a square landing with a 90 deg turn. I'd found a good spot to do a diagonal cut so the edge band and field lined up well. He said he didn't like to do it that way as it puts a long seam in a prominent place so he wants to cut off the border where required and sew on border at the top of the carpet so the field seam is against the riser. That sounds like more work to me, but a better way to do it as it places the seams in more inconspicuous places. He also said he'd sew all the seams rather than using heated carpet tape. Then we talked about pie shaped stairs. I have a couple of 90 deg turns each with 3 pie shaped stairs. He claims he can do this by pleating the carpet rather than cutting it. I just don't see how it can be done.....where does all the carpet go and how do you keep the distance to the wall on the stairs consistent? A quote is in the works and I'll ask for photos and a demonstration before I proceed, but I want to understand what's going on and this is one of the few topics not to be found in a Google search.

- CHARLENE NORRIS (Union City, CA), 04/24/2019

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