Q: We are about to put down a coat of paint on these tired-looking stairs and want desperately to cover them and the very narrow upstairs hall with something that will fit in in our teeny New England 1930s cottage, hold up to two kids and two dogs, turn 3 corners without pattern problems, and ideally muffle a little sound.
The challenge: the upstairs hall is very narrow — 27 " at one point — making most rugs far too wide. Also, there are deep ridges in the floorboards, running in different directions when you turn a corner so a painted runner (even if it could stand up to kids and dogs) would run sometimes with the boards, sometimes against. Have spent days and days trying to find a runner that would look good, withstand kids, and that's narrow enough. Best option seems to be to put together a bunch of flokatis and make them look like one continuous carpet- they're solid, narrow, right color, nice to touch. But I've never owned one — would that be insane? Can anyone think of a better option?
Sent by Ali
Editor: Ali, Your hallway is similar to the one in my 1930s cottage. I went with a woven wool runner by Colonial Mills from a line called "Shear Natural". There are several lengths from 4' to 12' and their width is 24". Readers, leave your suggestions for Ali in the comments - thanks!
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