Waterfall vs. Hollywood stair installation

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There are two basic methods of installing carpet on stairs: the waterfall and Hollywood method. The waterfall method involves bringing the carpet over the edge of the tread and straight down the riser to meet the next tread. Without fastening it to the riser, it creates a waterfall effect. It is a more simple and common installation method than Hollywood style. This method is more appropriate for thicker carpets that are more difficult to wrap around the edge of the tread.

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The term “Hollywood style” refers to the installation method which originated on Hollywood movie sets when they would tack down the carpet directly to the staircase on set. In this case, the carpet is wrapped around the edge of the tread, contouring the nosing to meet the riser. The carpet or runner gets stapled under the nose of the stair. It requires a bit more effort than doing a waterfall, but also provides a more tailored look.

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Check out our stair installation images and see how each method translates with different patterns and textures!

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